受験者( 57 ):男性

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試験官

<試験官A>

男性、40代、柔和な紳士、教師風、声は少し小さいがわかりやすい英語、イギリス英語かアメリカ英語かは判断しがたい。

<試験官B>

女性、50歳前後か、おとなしそうな控えめな感じ、最初と最後の挨拶のみ。

質疑応答

試験時間が10時から10時半の12番教室組。標準が一組3人セットであったが、当組は小生を含め2名であった。一名は欠席かと推測される。小生は2番目として10時10分に入室し、試験時間は8分間であった。(我ながら元気一杯の声をはりあげて) Good morning.と言いながら入室し、深く頭を下げた。お2人ともさわやかな笑顔で迎えてくれた。

Good morning.

My name is ......... May I have your name please.

My name is ......... (想定いていた住居地に関する質問はなかった)

I am going to ask you several questions. Are you ready?

Yes, sir.

I have heard that there are many hot springs in Japan. How can I choose the one that suits me best among them? (試験官の話された英文を厳密に正確に復元する事は困難、というか不可能であり、以下、その大意である)

(間髪をいれず、を以下、心がけたつもりである) Well, actually there are so many hot springs throughout Japan, and Japanese like hot springs very much. I myself go to a hot spring twice a year, mainly hot springs in the Ize Peninsula.Well, there are, roughly speaking, two kinds of hot springs -- the one is hot springs in hot spring resorts, and the other is hot springs in remote, rather secluded areas. (自分の話していることにだんだん不安になる、質問の趣旨に沿っているかどうか、話している事が事実に基づくかどうか、発音、文法等々、不安が募る) In those hot springs, I mean those in remote areas, you may find open-air bath. They are worth visiting. While you are soaking in a hot spring,you may be able to appreciate natural beauty outside, and even the moon in the sky at night.I know the one in Izu Peninsula. I ca take you there if you are interested, only if, I mean.

Very interesting. But can I take my wife to such open-air hot springs? She is very adventureous, but are they safe? Aren't there any problems?

Well, they are not dangerous. The people in those remote areas are very good natured. Even though the areas are secluded, they are very safe. And the bathtubs, I mean, the bathtubs made of rocks are separated according to sex, or gender -- the bathtub for men and bathtub for women. So there is no problem, although, as you may know, when you soak in the bathtab you have to take your cloths off completely.

Thank you for your precious information. Next question is, Meiji Restoration was very impotant to Japan, it is said. How was it so important?

(大きな質問、一体何から答えよう、どこに焦点を絞るか、とちらと悩んだが、口が先に出てしまった) Before the Meiji Restoration, Japan was isolated from other countries because of its national isolation policy. Around the MeijiRestoration, Japan started to open up the country, and after the restoration it tried hard to modernize itself. It is because Japan realized how advanced the United States and Europe were. In this regard, the Meiji Restoration was an epoch-making incident.

What kind of moves were there behind such a big change?

Well, some powers from inner movement,( しどろもどろになりかけたが、建て直しに努力) or rather, alien, I mean foreign power, I mean external pressure influenced a lot. You know, black ships came to Japan from the United States and perhaps Russia. They made Japan, or they demanded Japan to open up itself.

Why did they demand it?

They wanted to develop trade and commerce, and that was very good to us, Japan, too. The development of trade, industry and commerce has been a driving force for Japanese economic development.

Thank you. Next, I like and enjoy watching Sumo tornaments, but there are several things that I don't understand about sumo wrestlers' behavior. Why do they throw salt toward the ground before matches? And why do they stamp their feet on the ground before matches?

First of all, throwing salt means the purification of the ground where they are going to fight. You know, salt can purify things. Salt has mysterious power to clean and purify everything, Japanese believe. And as for your second question, well, I imagine..., sorry, to be honest I am not sure about that. But I imagine that they are doing preparatory exercise before fighting. Again, I am sorry, but please let me do research on it, and I'll get back to you soon with the answer to your question. I am ashamed of not knowing it. (後で調べたところ、四股を踏むのは地中の悪霊を追い出す意味があるらしい)

It's perfectly OK. (と盛んに慰めてくれた、ように思った。Bも笑顔をたたえていたので、少し安心した)

These days, global warming is accelerating. How does it affect Japan?

I think global warming brought about violent heavy rain this year and last year (自信がない、どうしよう), an unprecedented heavy rain. And this year we didn't have any typhoon attacks in Japan. Any typhoon did not come to Japan. Such irregularity (この言い方は変?) is caused by global warming, I think. It's horrible, and we have to make every effort to stop global warming. (そのために具体的にどのような事をしているか聞かれるかもしれない、と思ったが、実際にはこれで終わりだった。ややあっけない幕切れ)

Thank you for your answers.

Thank you for your time. Goodbye.

受験の感想

「英語第2次試験直前対策セミナー」で教わったとおり、clear,concise,concreteを心がけたつもりだが、実際には、あせり、上気、あがり等々で、後悔と言うか、反省ばかりの結果となった。ただ、試験官の方々には最後までにこやかに頷きつつ応対していただき、ま、一応の成果は出せたかもしれないとの思いである。一次試験の時は、特に歴史の出来が悪く、不合格間違いなしと思って、その後、さっぱり勉強をやめていて、合格通知を受け取りあわてて「日本的事象英文説明300選」に取り組んだ状況で、しかし、2週間、かなり根をつめて勉強し、やや上達した感触はあった。集中勉強は効果的かもしれない。

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