受験者( 50 ):女性

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試験官

<試験官A>

アメリカ人女性。20代〜30代。緊張気味か声がやや小さめ。

<試験官B>

日本人男性。50代。てきぱきと進行担当

質疑応答

Good afternoon!(一人一人にアイコンタクトしながら明るく挨拶。リラックスするように。)

Good afternoon. Please put your belongings over there.

All right.(席に近づいてからも、一人一人に再度挨拶)

Please have a seat.

Thank you.

Can I have your name and Will you tell me where you're from?

My name is ........, now I live in ........, but I'm originally from ........, near .........

Oh, you're from .........

Yes!

She is a tourist, from America, for the first time. She's going to ask you some questions, and some would be tough, but please try to answer and explain, giving some details.

All right.

I'd like to ask you about samurai. Why did samurai always carry two swords?

(最初の質問に2種の刀についてと、予想していなかった質問なので、答えをまとめる時間稼ぎに)(時間稼ぎ過ぎたかも?)Two kinds of swor...? Could you repeat your question?

(すかさず、Bの方がジェスチャーで)swords(と大きく発音してくださった)
As for the two kinds, one was with a long blade, for fighting against enemies, and another was a short sword, mainly for... protecting themselves, I believe. I have to learn more about swords.(と思わず反省を口にしてしまいました)

Next, I know Japanese people love flowers. But why do they particularly love cherry blossoms?

It's because Japanese people tend to love its fragile beauty. Cherry blossoms only last for a very short time, about two weeks, and Japanese people say they are most beautiful at their last stage, when petals are falling....(ヒラヒラ舞い落ちると言いたくて手でヒラヒラとさせて、flutteringをやっと思い出し)fluttering onto the ground.

So beautiful....

(最初の失態を挽回できたかな?とやっと立ち直った!)
(Bの方の、うんうんとうなずいて聞いてくださる姿勢が、私の大きな支えに)

How do Japanese people enjoy cherry blossoms?

Most people have cherry-blossom-viewing parties, mostly drinking parties. But even for those who don't drink, they enjoy strolling around the park, or having picnics at the park.

Now, I have heard that Japanese have some dialects. Could you tell me somethng about it?

Sure. I'm from Kobe, near Osaka. But Kobe's dialect is different from Osaka's, and Kyoto's is also different. So even in the Kansai region, there are some different types of dialects.

Do you understand each other?

Yes, but for people from Tokyo, it's sometimes difficult to understand us.
(コミュニティー意識、集団意識というポイントを説明する間もなく次の質問へ)

I left my camera behind on the train, what would you do?

(どうしますか?と聞かれたなぁ〜とわかっていつつ、どうしたらいいですか?の想定質問の答えで練習していたので)What to do first is to contact the lost and found office at the train station. They keep items that people leave behind usually for 7 days or 10 days, before sending them to the police. So, what to do next is to contact a nearby police box, KOBAN.

Do you think I can get it back?

Yes, I believe so. When people find something left on the public transportation, almost all people hand it to a nearby KOBAN. Because they are taught to do so from their childhood.

What's KOBAN?

It's a mini-police box. You can find it everywhere. The network of KOBAN is unique to Japan, and almost all people know where it is in their neighborhood. So, if you ask the nearby shops or clerks of your hotel where the nearest police box is, they can tell you where.

Thank you.

(もう終わりと言われ、思わずIt's so short a time!と言ってしまった)Thank you very much.

Thank you. Have a good evening.

You too.
(ドアを出て行くときに、再度)Thank you very much!

受験の感想

最初の質問でつまずき、反省モードから始まったが、その他は、なんとか挽回して、最初に言われていた「詳細の説明」も含め、答えることができた。あっという間で、短時間で詳細(例)も入れながら答えることに精一杯で、早口で発音も雑になってしまった。自分の強味である観光関連の質問がなく、自分らしさが出せず、残念だったが、予想外の質問は、当然あるはずなので、もっともっと勉強しなければ、と戒め・勉強になった。もっともっと勉強が必要だと痛感した。今回は、質問者がおとなしく、声が小さめな方だった分、日本人の通訳協会のベテランの方が、面接の進行の方向性を明確にされ、自然な雰囲気づくりをされていたことが、よかった。

ハローの講師、授業内容、教材、その他(メルマガ、ホームページ)についての感想

ハローの講師の方は、ベテランなので、短期間でも、とてもよく身についた。特に、モチベーションを高め、維持するいい刺激が常に得られたことが大きい。授業内容、時間配分も、充実していて、もっと早く<英語第2次試験対策特訓クラス>を受講すればよかったと思う。

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