試験官

【外国人試験官A】

英国人女性。30〜40才位。

【日本人試験官B】

日本人女性。25才前後か?

質疑応答の内容

荷物を置く机を指示(日本人試験官は終始笑顔を絶やさず、小生の答えに頷く等、非常に友好的に見えた)
What is your name and where are you from?

My name is ......... And I am from .........

I am ........, and I come from ........ in England.(英国人試験官は一見厳しそうな先生タイプ) I will make a couple of questions for you.(A couple どころではなかったが) So you will answer these questions as a tour guide. OK?

OK.

How long do Japanese live?

I see, you mean life expectancy? Japanese women live for about 76 years and men live for 79 years average. Oh, did I say 76 for women? No, it is a mistake. I meant 86 for women.

Japanese live so long. What secrets are behind it?

Well, it is not a secret, but I think one reason is their diet, that is, the food we eat. We eat healthy food, such as fish or tofu. They are low in calories. Another reason is the existence of the universal health insurance system. Everybody needs to join some health insurance in Japan. So it is easier for us to receive medical care. (これ以外にも何か言った様な気がするが、思い出せない)

When I walk on a street, I see many elder people and they look fine.(或いはlook youngと言ったか)Do they do some exercise?(と聞かれたか覚えていない)What exercises do Japanese do?

We do jogging, "radio exercise," tennis, swimming, and so on. Personally I go swimming twice a week.

Oh, really?

I am not sure, but I do not think exercise has a great influence on Japanese longevity.(と言うようなことを言った覚えがある)

What is the Japanese traditional sport?

One is Sumo. It is a very traditional sport. It was a kind of Shinto ritual. But now it is very popular. There are many fans of it. Now there are many foreign Sumo wrestlers who are successful. Another one is Kendo. It is one of the martial arts. But, unlike fencing, Kendo players use a bamboo sword. But while the main goal of fencing is to thrust at one's opponents, the goal of Kendo is to hit one's opponent's head, body or wrist.

I saw electric light was used for judging a winner. But how is Kendo?

Such a thing is not used for Kendo. When hitting is regarded as effective by a referee, one can win a bout.

It is so fast. It should be very difficult to judge.

It should be. But experienced referees can judge the effective hitting.

So in Japan, judging is an art.(とやや皮肉っぽい笑みを浮かべたので小馬鹿にされたような気がした)By the way, …?(聞き取れない)

Did you ask me about Chinaware?(全く判らず、再度聞き返した)

No, it is not about Chinaware. I am asking you about Japanese poetry.

Oh, I see. There are two traditional Japanese poems. One is Haiku. It has a verse form of the 5-7-5 line pattern. It is said the themes of haiku can be inspired by intuitive perception into nature and life. Another one is Waka. It is a verse form of 31 syllables. And it has a 5-7-5-7-7 line pattern.

In England, there is a group ….

(聞き取れず推測で答えてしまった)I do not think there are such groups in Japan.

But Emperor gives a theme and they collect verses.

Yes, yes, for the new year, Emperor gives a theme and people make Waka, considering the theme.(と言う様な答をしたつもりだが)

Did I ask him about Tokyo?(とBに聞く)

No, you did not.

What are attractive things of Tokyo?

There are two aspects in Tokyo. One is the traditional aspect, including the Imperial Palace. Another one is very modern things, such as tall buildings. The contrast between modern skyscrapers and traditional things is an attraction of Tokyo.

Do you like Tokyo?

Yes, I do.

Why?

Because it is convenient. Transportation is convenient and many shops open till midnight. I can get anything anywhere, anytime.

I think so, too. Tokyo is a very convenient city ….(何か自分の経験を言ったと記憶しているが定かでない)
So, my questions were over. Thank you for your answers.

受験の感想

(1) 完敗。

(2) 最近英会話に遠ざかっており、しかも英国英語は相当に苦手であったので、聞き取れなかった。これは大きかった。

(3) 不得手の歴史問題も出ず、振り返れば、ちゃんと聞き取れればしっかり答えられたものばかりであった。この点からは悔しい。

(4) やはり勉強だけではなく、実践も必要か?

ハローについて

日本事象英文説明300選、特訓セミナー(08/09各1冊)、時間別出題の3冊、すべて役に立ちました。日本事象英文説明300選は2次試験にも役立つので、何回も読みかえす事が大事。特訓セミナーのSample answerを勿論すべてを自分の言葉・表現を入れながら練習することが不可欠。

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