試験官

【外国人試験官A】

アメリカ英語の60代男性。非常に厳格な印象。試問中も笑顔はほとんどなし。

【日本人試験官B】

日系の方かも?という印象の40代男性。 こちらも笑顔はない。

質疑応答の内容

Tell me about the geography of Japan.

Japan stretches from north to south, and is about 3000 kilometers long. It is mountainous and volcanic. That's why Japan has a lot of hot springs. As it stretches long, the climate of Hokkaido and that of Okinawa are quite different.

Tell me about the climate of Hokkaido and Okinawa.

As Hokkaido is up north, you can enjoy skiing from late November to even early May. The western part of Hokkaido especially has a lot of snow, and is quite cold in winter. On the other hand, Okinawa is a kind of semi-tropical, so even in winter, it is very warm.

I'd like to enjoy a Japanese beach and autumnal leaves. Where should I go?

Two things, beach and autumnal leaves?(と、聞きたい事がふたつあることを念押し)Well,(海岸、という質問は予期していなかった)Amanohashidate, on the other side of Japan, would be a good choice. It is a strip of land stretching into the sea and, it is one of the three scenic spots in Japan. There are beautiful pine trees. And as for autumnal leaves, I recommend Hakone if you are in the Tokyo area. It is easily accessible from Shinjuku. If you take Romance-Car, the Odakyu Line express, it would take one hour and 45 minutes to get to Hakone. You can enjoy viewing the changing colors of autumnal leaves on the mountains and there are a lot of hot springs in Hakone.(後で気がついたのだが、もしかしたら設問の意図は「二つを同時に楽しめる場所について述べよ」ということだったのかもしれない。しかし、「同時に」という聞かれ方はされなかったと記憶しているが)

What is Bonsai?

Bonsai is a potted tree, dwarfed and shaped by such methods as pruning and wiring. These days it is getting more popular in other countries.

How do you shape it and how do you stop it from growing?

Well, by wiring, they shape it and stop its growth, I suppose.

Who enjoys Bonsai?

It used to be older people, but these days it is getting more and more popular among young people in Western countries. For them it is art, ever changing art.(「成長する芸術」というつもり)There's a Bonsai museum in Tokyo where they teach people from abroad on various things about Bonsai.

Where is the Bonsai Museum?

Well, as far as I know, it is somewhere in downtown …. Sorry, I do not know exactly.

It's OK. Next question. Whom did the global recession affect most?

First, it affected people in the finance business, and then, its effect spread to other business. For example, Toyota is one of the biggest companies in Japan, but even Toyota stopped hiring new college graduates, so I suppose young people suffer most.

Good. At what age Japanese people retire from companies?

Some retire at the age of 60. That's early retirement. Usually, they retire at the age of 65.

Is there any reason for the early retirement?

Yes. If they retire early, some big companies give them a larger retirement allowance.

What is the advantage for those who stay in the same company till the age of 65?

Well, although they generally do not keep the same positions they used to have, and are paid less, they know the people and they know the job. And if they quit the company, it can be difficult for them to find a new job. So, staying in the same company has some advantage.

OK. That's all.

Thank you so much!

受験の感想

それぞれの面接室のドアには細長いガラス部分があり中が見えるようになっている。自分の面接室へと誘導されている間、ちらっと他の部屋が覗けました。とても優しそうな若い女性面接官が見えて「自分もあのように笑顔の面接官に当たるといいなぁ」と淡い期待をしながら待っていました。係の人が外からドアを開けて「どうぞ」と言うので、精一杯元気よく「Hello!」と挨拶しながら入室しました。中には60代後半かなと思われる痩せ型のネイティブの男性面接官と、40代かなと思われる日本人男性の面接官で、お2人とも冷徹で厳格な雰囲気を漂わせていらっしゃいました。荷物を後ろの長机に置くように言われ、置いて振り返ってみると、面接を受ける方は机がなく、椅子だけ。これは予想外でした。模擬面接でもこの形式で練習した方がいいかもしれません。というのは、机がないと身体全体が丸見えなわけで、これはかなり無防備というか、丸腰な感じなのです。馴れておいた方がいいでしょう。あと一つ。待機部屋にいる時、携帯は必ずoffにしておくべし。もちろんそのように指示が出るのですが、うっかり切り忘れた人がいました。いきなり受信音が鳴り出してしまったのです。受験生同士の会話も厳禁の重苦しい緊張した空気の中、みんな凍りつきました。係の人が、たぶん格上であろう係をわざわざ呼びに行き、2人でその人の受験番号などを控えていましたので、なんらかのペナルティが科されたか、ひょっとすると不合格確定だったかもしれません(汗)。みなさんもよくよく気をつけてください。

ハローについて

日本に関する基本情報に関してはハローの教材は大変充実しています。

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