受験者( 99 ):女性

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試験官

<試験官A>

中肉中背。気難しそうなイギリス人(スコットランド人かも?)(40代?)。教育関係者風でボソボソと若干早口でしゃべる。最後まで一度も微笑まず。

<試験官B>

とてもにこやかな日本人女性(30代?)。最後まで微笑みを絶やさず。観音様のようにみえました!おそらく現役ツアーガイド。

質疑応答

(ノックをして部屋に入った瞬間、しかめっ面のおじさんと優しいお顔の日本人女性が並んで座ってました。見た瞬間、このコンビは意図的に組まれたのだろうなぁと想像。)

Please take a seat. (とてもやさしく)

Thank you! (少し緊張しながら席につく)

Where are you from? (怒ったように聞く、今思えば彼も緊張していたのかもしれない)

I am from ........ city, .........

Wow! (遠方からの受験だったので、あらまぁ!という感じでにこやかに反応、Aは無反応、地元の話題をたくさん用意したのに何も聞かれず)

What is your name?

My name is .........

One of my friends is just visiting Japan, and he would like to know about hot springs in Japan. Would you tell me about hot springs in Japan?
(いきなり質問、それも聞き方がやけにまわりくどい)

Well, there are many hot spring resorts in Japan. However, I would recommend the one in Hakone. It has pretty easy access from Tokyo, and you can enjoy the beautiful sceanary of Mt. Fuji. (温泉についてという漠然とした質問で具体的に何を答えたらいいか迷いましたが、とりあえずお勧めの場所説明。しかし、答える前に具体的に聞きたいことは何か確認すればよかった。)

How long does it take to get to Hakone from Tokyo?

It is about two hours by train. (はっきりいってあてずっぽう(汗)。相手が怒り口調なのでつられてこっちも怒り口調になる。これではだめだとわざと顔は作り笑い、でも目は全然笑ってない)

Do you enjoy hot spring?

Yes, I love hot springs. I usually visit a hot spring close to my house. I can drive over there easily.

How do you enjoy hot springs?

(how? 一瞬、何を言おうかと沈黙になる。でも、早く答えないと!と焦って、話を切り出す)
I enjoy staying in a bathtab which you find outside. (露天風呂の一言がでてこずめちゃくちゃになる(汗)) I enjoy talking with my friends in the bath, and I stay for long hours and relax. (もう自滅状態(汗))

How long do you usually stay?

Well, it depends on the condition of my body, but sometimes I stay for more than half an hour.

If you are asked by foreign guests how long they should stay in a bath, how would you answer? (このような感じで更に質問を掘り下げてきた)

It is sometimes very dangerous to stay in a bathtub too long, especially if you have high blood pressure or something (いい加減な回答), so I would say they have to be carefull and I would recommend that they not stay too long in a bathtub.

I like history, and many of my friends say the Meiji Restoration in Japanese history was very important.

Yes, it was.

Why was it so important?

(明治維新、待ってました!) The Meiji Restoration was very important in Japanse history, because it was the dramatic shift from the feudal government to capitalist economy. Our lifestyle changed and it improved the quality of our lives.

Was there any bad side to it?

(えっ、それは準備してなかった〜 どうしよ〜 でもとにかく何か言わなきゃ!) Yes, most events have both a good side and a bad side to it, and the Meiji Restoration also had a bad side to it. I think (まだ頭のなかで整理ができてない!) that Japanese lost our traditional warm heart (ひどい英語!). We used to have some sort of philosophy about our morals. But we lost them. (きゃ〜、もうやめてぇ〜)

OK, do you like watching TV?

Yes, I do.

Do you recommend any TV programs to foreign visitors?

Yes, I think travel programs and cooking programs are recommendable, because they can somehow understand them without fully understanding the language.

You said you enjoy watching TV. What kind of TV programs do you watch?

I actually watch some US broadcasting, such as CNN news or soap operas. (あっちゃ〜、篤姫とか、旅番組とかって答えればよかった。それに、相手はイギリス人なので、BBCでしょ、CNNじゃなくて! でも、遅し・・・)

What is the difference between Japanese programs and American programs?

(えええええ〜 そんな質問ってあり??) I think there are some differences in the ways they present news programs. The news programs in the US, or CNN, use more live. I mean, the news itself is, of course, live, but they use more live broadcasting (中継と言いたかった…) And while watching the program, I feel as if I were involved in the news. Whereas, news programs in Japan do not use live broadcasting so much. It is more, more, more ..... (視聴者と報道者の間にもっと距離があると言いたかったが、ちょっとパニック状態) The purpose of the news programs is to tell the truth to the public (などと訳のわからぬことを言って益々パニック). I think news programs in Japan are more direct. (きゃ〜、もう最後までめちゃくちゃ)

OK, this is the end of the interview.

OK, thank you.

受験の感想

とにかく明るくフレンドリーに大きな声で答えようと決めていたのですが、試験官Aの気難しそうな雰囲気にのまれて、どうしても真剣口調のなってしまっていった。内容がひどいのでとにかく笑顔とアイコンタクトを心がけたが試験官Bには結局3回くらいしかアイコンタクトができなかった。自分の気持ちや意見を聞かれると途端にうまく答えられなくなるのはやはり準備不足でしょう。

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