受験者( 61 ):女性

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試験官

<試験官A>

30代と思われる日本女性。終始、お日様のような笑顔。

<試験官B>

50代の男性。アメリカ英語。早口で快活。教育者的雰囲気で、話の展開がスムース。

質疑応答

(ドアの窓越しに試験管が見え、不安は絶頂。ノックして入室)Hello.

Hello!

Where should I put my things?

Oh (といいつつ、横の机をさす。)

(観念して荷物を置き、いすに座る。ええい、ままよ!)
Should I submit....? (と、試験カードを渡そうとすると)

Oh! You can have it, of course! (と、こちらがひれ伏すような明るい笑顔と余裕)

May I have your name?

My name is .........
(二人がうなずき、お、こいつで間違いない、という安堵の表情)

So, ........ (私の名前), (え?いきなり?) I heard that in Japan, there are many kinds of noodles, ramen, soba and udon. What is the difference between soba and udon?

(でたー!!!!)Soba is brown noodles which are made from buckwheat and udon is white noodles made from wheat. Udon is thicker than soba. Both are served hot or cold. (どうだい!まいたっか!と勢いにまかせてしゃべってかえって心臓の心拍数が上がる)

(OK、という表情)Well, when can I eat hot soba or udon and when can I eat cold ones?

It depends on the season. During the winter, you can enjoy eating soba and udon in a hot broth. (ここでおとなしくしていればよいものを) In the summer (大好きな天ザルを語りたくてうずうず), you can enjoy eating soba with tempura.Tempura is deep fried fish and vegetables, which are really nice. You can eat udon in the same way. It is very good. (と、グーの決めポーズ。A,B共ににっこり)

Well, what is TOSHIKOSHISOBA?

(そばなら任せろ)Well, TOSHIKOSHISOBA is a kind of soba which is eaten at the end of a year. The word "soba" in Japanese sounds the same as the word that means "coming nearby," so TOSHIKOSHISOBA implies that "the new year is coming soon."

(なるほどね、という表情。次に行くモードだったが、また余計なことをしようと)

Also, soba is long. So, by eating soba, we pray for our long life.

(ほうほう、一応聞いておくから、という表情) So, why in Kyoto and Nara there are so many temples and shrines?

Because the emperors in the ancient time, I measn like those in the 7th century believed in Buddhism and Shinto, the original religion of Japan. Some emperor tried to protect the nation by praying. So, there are many temples and shrines. (と、平気な顔をしてたが、そばパートに比べると明らかにショボイ)

So, I would like to go to Kyoto. What is the best way to go to Kyoto?

Using Shinkansan, or the bullet train, is the best way to go to Kyoto. If you take NOZOMI, which is the fastest kind of the bullet train, it takes, ah, about two and a half hours, so it is not so far away from Tokyo. Also, in the bullet train you can enjoy eating a box lunch and on the way to Kyoto, you can see Mt Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan! (これ、ほとんどJRの宣伝だよなーと感じつつ)

(ま、こたえられて当然だよね。うむ、という表情で)Well, suppose we are supposed to take an 8:00 p.m. bullet train, one person comes at 8:05. What should we do?

That should be no problem, because a bullet train runs every 10 minutes. (ここでB,にっこり)So, even if you miss one train, you can take the next train.

Do I have to pay extra money?

No, as long as you sit in a non-reserved seat, it is OK!

(A,Bともににっこり)

So, the Bullet train....

SHINKANNSEN! (もう、知っているくせに演技派!こっちに言わせる作戦にマンマとはまる)

SHINKANSEN seems to have a long history. Could you explain?

(でたー!)Well, the SHINKANSEN started in 1964 (ここ、ことさら強調!) This year, the Olympic games were held in Tokyo, Japan. At that time, Japan experienced a big economic growth. So, both the Olympic games and SHINKANSEN were the symbols of economic growth! (と、いろいろデスチャーをつけつつ。この日、最後となった0系新幹線は英語が分からず、省いた)

OK. (納得の表情。Bもにっこり) So, what was Heian Period like?

(げ!) The Heian period was ... in the mid-7th century (本当かよ!). The emperor had absolute power and Buddism prospered.

Buddism, ah....?

Prospered.

(まあ、そんなところか、という表情)OK. So, you are finished!

(え!もう??すがるようにBを見ると、うなずく)Thank you.

Thank you!

出口でもう一度お礼を言って、退出。Aが顔をあげてにっこりしながら見送ってくれた。

受験の感想

予想問題的中の嵐。感謝感謝。よどみなく答えることができ、退出するときには安堵もあり、笑顔が止まらなかったです。時間は5分もかからなかったようで、退出後の控え室も一番に入りました。会話が楽しかった!というのが全体の感想です。英検1級とのきよりはるかに簡単な質疑応答でした。ただ、日本の地理、歴史などの知識がないと難しいと思います。事前学習と準備は大切です。

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