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試験官

<試験官A>

大学教授風、50代?の英国人男性、分かりやすいイギリス英語、話す速度は普通。

<試験官B>

ショートヘアー、40代?の日本人女性、職業不明、最初の名前と住所のみ英語で質問された。

質疑応答

Good Morning!

Good Morning! Please tell me your name and where you are from.

My name is ........ and I am from .........

So you are a Tokyoite. My name is ........ and I will ask you some questions as a tourist.
I am interested in going to an onsen spa. Where would you recommend?

I would recommend Hakone because it is close to Tokyo and has many Onsen spas.
(後から思うと少し説明不足の感じ。温泉についてあまり詳しくないので仕方がないか。。)

What are the features of an onsen spa?

The feature of an onsen spa is that the interior is usually designed in a traditional Japanese style.(一般的な説明をしたが、箱根温泉について聞かれていたのかな?と後になって気になる。)

What changed in the Meiji restoration?

The political system in Japan changed greatly in the Meiji restoration. Before the Meiji restoration, the Shogun ruled over Japan but in the Meiji restoration, the Shogun returned his power to rule over Japan to the emperor. (明治維新で変わったことの1点のみの説明で少しあっさりしすぎていたかも知れません。)

Why was the Meiji restoration necessary?

I think the Meiji restoration was necessary because Japan needed to open its door to the west in order to introduce western culture to compete with the western powers.(まあまあかな?)

In sumo wrestling, why do they throw salt and stamp their feet?

Sumo wrestling was originally a shinto ritual. Salt throwing was to purify the ring and stamping of the feet was to ward off evil spirits lurking in the ground.(まあまあかな?)

What TV programs would you recommend?(一瞬迷ったが以下のように答える。)

I would recommend commedy programs. I think there is at least one commedy program every night. They are usually slapstick in nature and fun to watch.

Is there a famous commedian?

Kojima Yoshio is famous. He sings and dances wearing only a bathing suit.(有名な芸人としてとっさに浮かんだのが小島よしおだった。。)

Why is he only wearing a bathing suit?

I don't know but it has a strong impact on the audience, maybe that is his aim.

Going back to history, What are the processions in the Edo period?

(参勤交代のことかな、と思ったが、"processions"という英語を聞いたことがなかったので以下のように確認。)Do you mean processions where local Daimyos went back and forth from their home country to Edo?

Yes.

In Edo period local Daimyos were ordered by the Shogun to go back and forth from their home contry to Edo every year. That is the procssion in the Edo period.

What was the purpose of the procession?

I think the main reason of the procession was to make Daimyos spend money on processions so they will not be able to wage a war against the Tokugawa family.(まあまあかな?)

Was it effective?

I think it was effective because the Tokugawa family was able to maintain peace more than 250 years in the Edo period.(まあまあかな?)

Your interview is finished. Thank you very much.

Thank you very much. Have a nice day!
(日本人の試験官に向かって)有難うございました。

受験の感想

試験時間は7分位と聞いていたのですが、私の場合は10分位と少し長かったです。あまり難しい質問はなく詰まることなく回答できたと思いますが、知識不足もあり全体的に回答があっさりしすぎている感じがします。(何とかこなしたという感じ。ガイドとして幅広く充実した説明ができたかどうかは疑問です。)インタビューも気まずくなる場面はありませんでしたが、特に笑いもなく淡々と進んだ感じです。合否はこの辺がどう評価されるかに関わっていると思います。

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

私が受講したのは、<基礎から体系的に学ぶ 72時間マラソンセミナー>と<英語第2次試験直前対策セミナー>だけでしたが、素晴らしい講師陣及び授業内容だったと思います。地理、歴史、一般常識とも勉強になることが多かったです。
(毎週受講が楽しみでした。)

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