試験官

【外国人試験官A】

60〜70代女性。親しみやすいおばあちゃんという雰囲気。こちらの話をじっくり聞くというよりも雑談をしている感じで、話している最中にも色々聞いてきました。声は小さめでしたが英語は聞き取りやすいアメリカ英語でした。

【日本人試験官B】

20〜30代女性。笑顔で感じが良かった。名前と住所以外の質問はせず、しっかりと内容を聞いていた。

質疑応答の内容

Hello!(第一印象を良くしようと思い、元気よく入室しました)

Good afternoon!(2人とも笑顔でホッとする)

Good afternoon!

Please put your bag over there and have a seat.

Thank you.(この時、試験官とイスの距離が思った以上にあり、少し驚きました)

Please tell me your name and where you are from.

My name is ......... and I'm from ......... City in Kanagawa Prefecture.

I want to buy some anime-related goods. Where should I go?(何の前置きもなくいきなり質問!)

I'd recommend that you go to Akihabara because you can find a lot of anime-related goods there. Also, if you are interested in seeing people who are wearing anime costumes, I'd recommend Harajuku.

What's Harajuku like?(違う聞き方だったかもしれませんが、内容は「原宿はどんな場所?」ということでした)

Harajuki is popular among young people, both men and women. There are many shops dealing in fashionable items in Harajuku. There you can find some T-shirts with funny Japanese on them.(内容がまとまらず焦る)

It would be a good souvenir.

Yes!(いいタイミングで遮って下さいました)

I'm on a budget tour and I want to eat something cheap. Where would you recommend?

I'd recommend an Izakaya restaurant. There you can eat a wide variety of food and the price is relatively low.

I'm a vegetarian. Can I have a vegetarian meal there?

(後からよく考えてみれば、居酒屋にも肉や魚の入っていない料理があるにも関わらず、なぜかこの時は「居酒屋=焼き鳥や刺身」というイメージが頭に浮かび)Well .... Then, I'd recommend a "family restaurant." A family restaurant also serves a variety of food at low prices, and if you want to, you can ask them to remove any meat.

OK. Next question. I'd like to buy a kimono. Where should I go? I want cheap one.

Let's see .... Cheap one .... Is used kimono OK?(聞いてしまいました.)

Oh. A second-hand one is OK.

(良かったー(涙))Then, I'd recommend that you go to Kamakura. It takes about one hour by train from Tokyo to Kamakura. In Kamakura, there is a street called "Komachi Dori." It has many second-hand kimono shops.(そんなにたくさんあったという記憶はありませんが、manyと言ってしまいました)

Thank you. Where can I eat noodles?(突然、かなり漠然とした質問!)

Do you mean Japanese noodles such as soba and udon?

What is soba?

Oh. Soba are brown noodles made from buckwheat flour. They are long and ....(何を言おうか考える)

Where can I find a soba restaurant?

You can find it everywhere throughout Japan.

How do I know it is a soba restaurant or not? I can't read Japanese.

Some of them have plastic food replicas on display in their show windows of the restaurant. So you can tell it is a soba restaurant.

Then I can point what I want!(少し嬉しそう)

Yes!

What is "Star Festival"?

It originated in China and it was brought to Japan. It is about two lovers. There was a man who took care of his cows and ....

Another man?

No, no ….(笑)(ここであまり表情を変えなかったBも笑う)and there was a woman - a weaver. They lived among stars and loved each other so much that they stopped working.

No weaving?

No weaving! Then, their god got very angry and he separated them by the Milky Way. They were allowed to see each other only once a year. That is the day, July 7th. We celebrate their reunion on that day.

That's interesting! I did not know that! It is about lovers! Like St. Valentine's Day, isn't it?

Yes!

How do you celebrate the Star Festival?

We write our wishes on bamboo branches and decorate them ....

How do you write your wish on a branch?

Oh! I'm sorry. We write our wishes on a strip of paper and decorate them on bamboo branches.

It is like Christmas decoration!

Yes!

What is the most comfortable season to travel to Japan?

It is either Spring or Autumn. Well, I'd say that it is Autumn because weather is neither too hot nor too cold, and many kinds of food come into season. You can also enjoy Autumn-Leaves-Viewing.

(Aに何か言う)

Time is up! Thank you.

Thank you very much. Have a nice day!

受験の感想

前年度のレポートの内容と自分の面接を比べると、やや質問が多かったように思いますが、特に難しい質問もなく会話を楽しむように受験ができたので良かったです。面接官はもっと固いイメージの方を想像していましたが、よくリアクションをしたり冗談を言ってくれたりして緊張をほぐしてくださったので、助かりました。ただ今落ちついて考えてみると、フランクになりすぎていなかったか、質問の意味を取り違えていなかったか、不安な点も多々あります。

ハローについて

ハローの教材は重要な事が凝縮されていて、勉強しやすかったです。メルマガも役に立ちました。

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