試験官

【外国人試験官A】

向かって右側。30代後半位の男性。にこやかで気さくな感じ。試験中もfriendlyであった。アメリカ英語。訛りはなく、聞きやすい。

【日本人試験官B】

多分30代後半の女性。終始にこやか。

質疑応答の内容

Hello! Good morning!

Good morning.

Please sit down and put your bag on the chair.

Thank you.

What is your name?

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

Where do you live?

I live in ......... -Ward, Tokyo.

How did you come here?

I took the JR Line from Koiwa to Suidobashi, and changed to the Toei Mita Line.

OK. This test is a role playing. Please answer as a tour guide.

I see.

How large is Japan's land area?

Japan's land area is(覚えてはいるのだが、記憶の奥のほうで、咄嗟に数字が思い出せない。ドイツとほぼ同じなので、とりあえずそれを回答)as large as Germany. Japan's land area is nearly ...(思い出そうとして必死になっている)

That's all right. How many people live in Japan?

There are more than 120 million people in Japan.

What is the best place to see Kabuki?(おっ、歌舞伎!予想問題にあったな…)

It's Kabukiza Theater in Ginza. If you want to go to Kabukiza Theater, take a subway and get off at Ginza Station. It's about five minutes' walk from the station.

Why do male actors play the role of women in Kabuki?

Kabuki was started by a woman called Okuni in the Edo Period starting from 1603, and there were female actors(正しくはactressだが、その後もfemale actorを使い続けたと思う)at first. However, in the middle of the Edo period, the Tokugawa Shogunate banned female actors because of some moral problem. After that, male actors played the role of women. They are called "Oyama" and they look very beautiful.

How is Japanese Prime Minister elected?(これも予想問題にあったな…)

Generally speaking, the leader of the ruling party becomes the Prime Minister. After General elections, each party elects candidates for the Prime Minister. After that, the Prime Minister is elected in the Diet from the candidates. Usually, the leader of the ruling party is elected as the Prime Minister because of majority.

Why do you want to be a tour guide?(予想通り!)

I want to be a tour guide, because I want to introduce beautiful Japanese scenery, such as Mt. Fuji, and Japanese culture, such as Japanese gardens and Japanese cuisine.(ここまで答えたところでAから質問)

What garden do you like?

There are hill-type gardens and rock gardens in Japan. I like hill-type gardens. For example, there's Rikugien Garden near hear. Cherry blossoms in spring and coloring leaves in autumn are beautiful.

I like gardening. I plant red peppers. Do you like gardening?

Yes, I also grow vegetables.

What vegetable?(何故か園芸の話で盛り上がる)

I grow sweet potatoes.

Sweet potatoes? I live in Kawagoe.

Oh! That's good!(何か言い足そうと思っていると次の質問に移った)

What is obon?(これも、特訓コースでやったな…)

Obon is a Buddhist holiday observed on July 13, 14, and 15. But in local areas, obon is observed on August 13, 14, and 15 according to the lunar calendar. At obon, it is believed that ancestors' spirits come back to their home. People make a small fire to welcome the spirits in the evening of July 13. During obon, family get together, and lanterns are placed in front of the Buddhist alter. In the evening of July 15, people make a small fire to see off the ancestors' spirits.(盆踊りの話などしようと思っていると次の質問に移った)

What garden do you recommend I visit in Tokyo, at this time of the season?(特訓でやったな…)

(さっきの質問と重複しているなと思いながら)I recommend visiting Rikugien Garden. At this time, you can enjoy beautiful autumn leaves. There's a large pond in the garden, and the reflection of the autumnal leaves is also beautiful.(ここでタイマーが鳴って予定時間経過)

Thank you.

The interview is over. Thank you.(と、試験を終わりかけたが、Aから声がかかった)

May I ask you one more question?

Yes, it's all right.

I saw a cat raising its hand like this. What is that?(これも予想問題に確かあったな…)

It's an inviting cat or a beckoning cat called manekineko. It's for inviting customers. The origin of an inviting cat is like this. In the Edo period starting from 1603, when a feudal lord passed by a temple, a cat was washing his or her face. If I remember correctly, the temple is Gotokuji Temple in Setagaya-Ward. It looked as if the cat was inviting, and the feudal lord went into the temple. While the feudal lord was talking with the priest, it started raining, and the lord was saved from being drenched to the skin.(ここまで話したところでAから声がかかる)

Well, thank you very much.

Thank you very much.

Thank you very much.(と挨拶して、お辞儀して席を立つ)

(最後にドアのところで振り返りながら)Thank you very much.

受験の感想

試験会場は東洋大学白山キャンパス。開始時間は10時から。会場に9時15分頃到着。受付となる教室で、受験票、通知票、身分証明書を見せて、番号が記載された首からかけるカードを受け取る。以後、この番号に従って進められて行く。受付を済ませてから、その教室でしばらく待機するよう指示有。9時半過ぎに受験者が揃ってから8名ずつ別の教室に移動。この教室で再び待機。番号は受験する教室と順番を示していた。私の番号は16-2で16教室の2番目であった。さらに、この教室から受験する教室の前まで1人ずつ移動。いよいよ私の番になって教室に入る。名前、住所を訊くお決まりの質問から始まり、本題となる質問へ。試験官は2人ともにこやかで、わりとリラックスして受験できた。しかし、時間の割には質問の数が多く、矢継ぎ早の質問という感じであった。問題は、最初の問題を除き、いずれも2次対策特訓セミナーや模擬面接個人指導特訓コース、あるいはメルマガの予想問題でやったことのある問題であり、慌てることなく回答できたと思う。特に、模擬面接個人指導特訓コースで指導を受けられたことが良かったと思う。後は天命を待つのみ。

ハローについて

(1)今年は2次対策の特訓セミナーと模擬面接特訓コースに出席しました。2次対策特訓セミナーでは回答のヒントやコツを教えていただき、非常に参考になりました。また、模擬面接特訓コースでは先生を50分間独占でき、効率的に練習できたと思います。ご指導有難うございました。

(2)セミナーを受けに行くと、授業前に係の人が机の上をきれいにしてくれています。些細なことですが、これで気持ちよく授業を受けられました。有難うございました。

(3)セミナーのテキストやメルマガでの情報が役立ちました。ハローの分析力は素晴らしいものです。また来年も…じゃなくて、今年で決着をつけたいものです。

(4)受講料をカード決済できるので便利です。

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