試験官

【外国人試験官A】

女性。おそらく45歳程度。

【日本人試験官B】

30歳程度の女性。

質疑応答の内容

Please give me your name and your address.

My name is ......... I live in .........-Ward near Shibuya.

I’ve just come to Japan for the first time in my life. I was surprised that there are lots of volcanoes in Japan. Please recommend one of the active volcanoes I should visit.

I recommend you go to Mt. Aso, which is located on the southern island of Kyushu.

What? Kyushu? I don't know where it is? Please tell me.(試験官自ら立ち上がり、ペンとポスト・イットを渡してきた)

(書きながら、立ったままBに)Japan is a long archipelago and Kyushu is here. Mt. Aso is around here.

Oh, so far! Can you recommend one that is nearer?

Oh, I recommend you go to Mt. Fuji. Mt. Fuji erupted 300 years ago, so it is classified as an active volcano. You can get there in two and a half hours by bus from Shinjuku.

Oh really. Good! OK, next. Japan has a lot of beaches. Please recommend one near here.

Oh…, Okinawa has beautiful beaches but it is a little bit far. (少し考えた振りをして)I recommend you go to Enoshima, near Kamakura, in Kanagawa Prefecture. It has nice beaches and it’s not so far. From Shinjuku Station you take a train on the Odakyu Line and it takes you one and a half hours.

What do people do on the beach?

They go to the beach to get a suntan. They put sun oil on the body and lie down for a long time.

In Japan there are lots of elderly people. What is the mandatory retirement age for company employees in Japan?

They retire from their work at the age of 60-65.

What do they do after their retirement?

They do what they want to do. Some register at JICA and help the children of other countries.

Your parents are retired?

Yes.

What do your parents do?

They go on a trip once a month. When I return to my parents’ home, my parents and I together go to a hot-spring resort by car.

What is Bonsai?

Bonsai is a miniature potted tree unique to Japan. There are a wide variety of plants used for bonsai, such as plum tree, pine tree, azalea, and maple. You need to take good care of bonsai, by selecting appropriate types of soil, repotting periodically, and wiring the branch to make an aesthetic shape.

Is Bonsai good for souvenirs?(話してるBを制するようにAがおそらく「時間です」と伝えた)

I think it's a good souvenir for foreign tourists ....

Oh, sorry. Time is up.

Finished?(昨年と比べてもだいぶ短い気がしたので、思わず言ってしまった)

Yes. Thank you!(「そうそう。ごめんね」というような表情で)

受験の感想

時計を見ていないが5分程度だったと思う。あっという間に終了した。面接官は2人とも女性。外国人女性の方はにこやかでムードは和やか。質問は答えやすいものが多く、昨年のレポートにあるような「こもまき」などのピンポイント的な出題はなかった。観光に関する問いがほとんどだったが、高齢社会という観点での時事問題として聞かれた質問や、文化という意味では定番といえる「盆栽」が出て、全体はバランスが取れていたように思う。昨年の敗戦から、自分の味が出れば評価されるという狙いで臨んだ。

ハローについて

昨年に引き続き、面接は時間が短く感じたし、「これで決まっちゃうの?」という感じ。大体、口ごもらずに説明することができた。「300選」の丸暗記、2次特訓クラスのその1からその3までの質疑すべての暗記など、やるべきことをやってここまできたし、力は出し切れたと思う。文法などには気をつけたし、Enthusiasm, Aptitudeの項目では及第点にいったのではと思う。だから悔いなし。

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