Mission 1 文部科学省認定・実用英語技能検定1級に合格せよ
Part 5 - 英検1級二次試験受験

男性面接委員を Man、女性面接委員を Woman、私を Hasegawa、としておきます。

Man: Please have a seat.
Hasegawa: Thank you.
Woman: What is your name?
Hasegawa: My name is Tsuyoshi Hasegawa.
Woman: O.K.
Man: How do you feel today?
Hasegawa: Oh, I feel very nervous because this is my first time to take this interview test.
Man: Is this your first time to take the first grade test?
Hasegawa: Yes, this is my first time. [-pause-]
Man: Today you came here to take the test, but what do you usually do on Sundays?
Hasegawa: I usually eat out on Sundays. I go to an Indian restaurant nearby. [Laugh]
Man: Do you like Indian food?
Hasegawa: Yes, I like Indian food. I like Asian foods, like Thai food, [-pause-] Vietnamese food.
Man: How about "Sorian" food?
Hasegawa: "Sorian"?
Man: "Korean" food.
Hasegawa: Oh, I see. Actually I live in the center of Shinjuku, where there are a lot of Korean and Chinese restaurants. I sometimes go to Korean restaurants. [-pause-]
Man: O.K. Will you turn over the paper in front of you and decide what topic you are going to choose. I will give you one minute. [-pause- 1 minute] [Bell]
Man: Have you decided what topic you are going to talk about?
Hasegawa: Yes, I have. I chose Topic A.
Man: O.K. Go ahead.
Hasegawa: My answer to the question "Will the world's wilderness areas eventually disappear?" is Yes. I don't say that the world's wilderness areas will disappear in the near future, but I would like to say that the world's wilderness areas will surely disappear in the distant future. There are several reasons for this, but the most important reason is "global warming." Global warming is caused by carbon gases. We humans give off a lot of carbon dioxide by using cars and power plants. Those carbon gases act like a blanket around the earth. Then the temperature increases. And the world's wilderness areas cannot change [-pause-] cannot change the habitat [-pause-] change the environment [-pause-] cannot "adapt" to the environment change or high temperature. So, if we continue to give off a lot of carbon gases and if we don't stop global warming, the world's wilderness areas will eventually disappear. [-pause-] There are also other environmental problems, like air pollution and water pollution. Those kinds of pollution will have a bad effect on the environment as well as global warming. They will contribute to the disappearance of the wilderness areas. We humans don't destroy the wilderness areas intentionally. [Bell] But these pollution problems will have bad effects on the environment.
Man: Thank you for your talk. May I ask you some questions? Do you have any idea how we can stop the environmental pollution?
Hasegawa: One of the main causes of the pollution is using cars. Cars give off a lot of carbon gases. So, one solution is to stop using gasoline engines and start using alternative energy cars, like hydrogen, solar, electricity. I have heard that some of the Tokyo metropolitan garbage collecting trucks have started to use alternative energy engines, and also some Tokyo metropolitan buses have started to use hydrogen engines. [-pause-] I myself don't have a car. I use only electric trains. I have a driver's license, but I don't want to use gasoline engine cars. So, if some car companies have devised alternative energy cars, I may buy one.
Man: When the world's wilderness areas disappear, can humans still live on the earth?
Hasegawa: If the pollution continues, the earth will be an inhospitable place for humans. Then we have to think about living on some other planets, like Mars. [Laugh] Recently I saw a TV documentary about Australia. Some scientists in Australia are experimenting with special plants, which give off oxygen by photosynthesis. And they are planning to send the plants to Mars. Then these plants give off oxygen on Mars, and there will be oxygen on Mars, and humans will be able to live on Mars.
Woman: Do you think we humans are smart enough to overcome environmental problems and continue to live on the earth?
Hasegawa: "Smart enough"? [-pause-] That is a very difficult question. I know some scientists are working hard to solve the environmental problems and some are trying to make alternative energy engines. I don't know if they will succeed, but at least they are working hard. [Bell]
Man: Time is up. Thank you for coming today. Will you turn over the paper, please? Thank you.
Hasegawa: Thank you.
Man: You are going to take a train to go home. Right?
Hasegawa: Yes, I will take a train.

何度も何度も言葉に詰まりました。1分間の自由会話のときは、タイ料理の後にその他のアジア料理が思いつかなくて苦労しました。また、男性面接委員の言った Korean も聞き取れませんでした。そして運命の分かれ道となる午後の部の題目を見るときがきました。机上の題目カードを表にしてみると、

  1. Will all of the world's wilderness areas eventually disappear?
  2. What does patriotism mean to you?
  3. "The pen is mightier than the sword" - do you agree?
  4. Would you like to work for a multinational corporation or a local business?
  5. Is the Internet harmful to children?


私が「世界の森林地帯は消滅するか」というテーマよりも、地球の温暖化や公害の方に重点を置いてスピーチをしたこともありますが、面接委員もQ&Aで環境問題に関して質問してきました。あとで知ったことですが、午前の部の題目の中に Are we doing enough to protect the environment? というテーマがあり、面接委員もこれと関連付けて質問してきたようです。私がQ&Aの途中で出した「火星」の話は、「宇宙開発」のテーマで準備してきたことです。これは予想外の見解であったようで、これで会話の場が少し盛り上がりました。会話やスピーチをする際に、どきどき「笑い」を入れることも重要であると考えています。その他に注意したことは、たとえ自分の言いたいことが言い終わっても、自分から話を止めずに何とか話を続けようと努力することです。スピーチの場合は、とにかくベルが鳴るまで話を続けることです。


Section 1 (Short Speech)
Section 2 (Interaction)
Section 3 (Grammar and Vocabulary)
Section 4 (Pronunciation)




Copyright (C) Hasegawa Tsuyoshi (2004)
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