受験者( 88 ):女性

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試験官

<試験官A>

アメリカ人らしい男性。30歳〜40歳くらい。英語にくせはなく、そんなに大きな声ではないが、フレンドリーな感じ。特に早口ではないが、ゆっくり過ぎない程度の英語を話す。

<試験官B>

日本人の女性。おだやかな感じの方。40歳〜50歳くらい。

質疑応答

(2人(1人欠席で私の部屋は2人でした)の中で一番最初に試験室に案内されました。)

Good morning.(笑顔)(試験官も本日最初の面接ということで緊張気味でした。)

Good morning.

おはようございます。

おはようございます。よろしくお願いします。(「荷物置き場」という表示の場所に荷物を置き、椅子の横に突っ立っていたら)

Please have a seat and relax.(笑顔)

Thank you.(笑顔)

Please tell me your name.(出身地は聞いてこない)

My name is ........(試験官Bが名簿でチェック)

I'll ask you some questions.(淡々と試験を進める意志を感じる)

Okay.(Okayと言ってしまった!)

I hear there are a lot of hot springs in Japan. Could you tell me more about that?

(自分の住んでいるところ場所も温泉が多いがここは一般的なことを答えた方がいいのかと思い、箱根を例に挙げることに決めた)Okay. Since there are a lot of volcanoes in Japan, we have many hot springs. One of the famous hot spring resorts is Hakone. It's relatively close to Tokyo and it takes about 2 and a half hours by train.And there you can have a nice view of Mt..Fuji and enjoy soaking in the Hot spring at the same time.

Are there a lot of hot springs in Hakone?

Yes, there is.....Yes, there are.(単数・複数間違えた!というか、それまでにもたくさん間違っていたと思うが。。。これ以上余計なことを言うと、きっとつっこまれると思い、これだけしか言わない)

Please recommend one of them?(やばい。。。)

(2秒くらい考えて)。。。Ah....it's a bit expensive....but I would recommend the Fujiya Hotel. It has a long history and with a reputation for its incomparable hospitality and service, it has drawn celebrities from all over the world .It is a luxurious hotel but it is worth visiting.

How much does it cost to take a hot spring?

....Ah...a common place is not so expensive. It costs about 500 yen or 600 yen..(あれ?安すぎた?本当は800円〜1000くらいか?)

Oh, it's quite reasonable..(笑)

When I take a hot spring, what should I do?

(いまいち質問の趣旨をつかみきれず)You mean you should wear bathing suit or something?

(にっこりと)Yes.

(微笑みながら)I'm afraid if you are embarrassed, but in Japan, you have to take off all of your clothes in bathing and before entering the bathtub,you should put hot water to rinse yourself. Then you soak in the bathtub to warm yourself and you should wash your body outside the bathtub.

Oh, I see.

Recently, there has been global warming all over the world. What do you think about it? Does it affect Japan?

(きたー。地球温暖化ですか。昨日ハローのテキストで見たんですけど、自分の中ではこれは出ないだろうと思っていい加減に見た問題。これは困った。でも何とか知っていることを搾り出して。。。)I think it's a bad thing. Global warming is caused by the use of fossil fuels. So, it can be seen as an energy problem. Like other developed countries, Japan is forced to reduce emissions of fossil fuels. In addition, in summer, it's hotter and more humid. On the other hand, in winter, there is less and less snow. So, the number of customers in ski resorts is smaller.

Does it have a bad effect on the economy of Japan?

Yes, it has a bad effect especially on the tourist industry(あ、tourismだ、と後で思った)

What do you think will be this global warming in the future?

(困った、、、微笑みながら)Let me see….(と言った時点で試験官Bが微笑んでいる。普通は悪い想像で答えるべきなのか?) If we do not tackle this problem more seriously, we will have to pay a heavy price. For example, because of higher temperatures and sea levels, it is easily expected that a lot of natural disasters will occur all over the world. Therefore, countries throughout the world, especially developed countries should try more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to quicken the development of alternative energy resources.

Why do sumo wrestlers throw salt on the ring before a match?

A long time ago, sumo place was thought as a sacred place like a Shinto shrine. So sumo wrestlers use salt for purifying the sumo ring.

But why is it salt? Not sugar or something?

.....uhmmmm.....(これは,手ごわい)Well.... In Records of Ancient Matters called “kojiki”, one of the main characters who returned from the afterworld used salt to purify himself So, Japanese people came to believe in the mystic power of salt.

Is sumo related to the Shinto shrine?

Yes it is. Although it has a very long history, especially in the Edo period, sumo developed for training worriers. And it was performed in shrines to pay high respect to Shinto gods. Even now sumo is often performed in shrines.

Okay.(面接はこれで終わりですという言葉はなかったが、終わりという雰囲気であった)

Thank you very much.

Thank you very much.

I'm very glad with your answers.

Thank you.(終わった雰囲気だったので立って) (試験官Bに)ありがとうございました。

お疲れ様でした。(微笑み)

受験の感想

一番最初ということで試験官もまだ調子がでていない感じを受けましたが、私の方がもっと調子が出ていませんでした。なぜガイドになりたいか、といった問題が出ていなかったので、聞き忘れたのかな?などと思いました。この試験ではハローの「第2次英語口述試験レポート」がとても役に立ちました。あれを熟読したおかげで、試験のイメージがとてもつかめて、実際も想像していたのとほぼ同じ感じでした。ハローで予想していた範囲内の質問だったと思います。一次試験合格発表から今日まであまり時間がなく、準備不足で臨んでしまったのが最大の反省点です。試験官のお二人ともとても感じの良い方だったのが救いでした。アメリカ人らしい男性。30歳〜40歳くらい。英語にくせはなく、そんなに大きな声ではないが、フレンドリーな感じ。特に早口ではないが、ゆっくり過ぎない程度の英語を話す。

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