Yamashita Haruka: So that’s fine.
José Cruz: Sois often used to introduce a new topic in a conversation (0:01) I wanted to talk about that article today. (Yeah) About tests (Mm-hmm) uh and I wanted to get your opinion about it as a, as a Japanese student because you take so many tests.
Haruka: Yes. I get used to having uh English tests.
José: Do you like them? Do you think they’re a good idea?
Haruka: Mm, Yeah I think at one side it’s a good idea to have a test, to study English. Like I meanphrases like this are used at the beginnings of phrases to help speakers gather their idea (0:30), if we have a test we have to study to get a good points on the test. So we study, (Mm-hmm) but if you don’t have the- don’t have the tests, maybe student- uh students won’t study. So… Mm. (I) Yeah…
José: I just get the impression there are just too many tests in the country (Yeah exactly) There (Exactly) There are tests for everything. There are tests for uh, for…
Haruka: For everything, almost everything.
José: …for kanjiJapanese name for Chinese characters in written Japanese (:04). There are tests for… There’s a history test. There’sJosé should have said “there are” (1:08) tests for (Math) Ghibli anime. (Yeah) Uh there are tests for this, and tests for that. Uh, I- Iget to thinking that Japanese people kind of like them.
Haruka: Yeah I think so. We love- we love kenteiA Japanese word meaning “an official certification exam” (1:22) (Mm tests) Yeah kinds of- kinds of tests but, we call it kentei. (Mm mm) Maybe we just like it. Maybe like study, studied- studiedHaruka has a good learning habit of not stopping to pause even when she has trouble with a word (1:35) about the contents and, have the tests, take the tests, and get a good- good score, and like, yeah to have the certific- certification. Right?
José: Mm, did you- when you were doing all of these tests for high school. and you were getting ready for tests for university entrance, (Mm-hm) did you think that all of the things that you learn- learned by studying the test (Mm) were actually useful to the actual skill?
Haruka: Well, when I was in the high school, I didn’t think it uh, I- I didn’t think it’s useful. But after I came here, and like when I talk with professor or someone who is adult, then at least my uh uh at least the thing I study, about like, like like history (Mm) or like English or maybe hmm yeah that’s it, history (Mm-hmm) yeah, it was really useful.
José: Oh It was useful you think.
Haruka: it was useful yeah I don’t really use math or science or or that kind of sci-How should I say? The… (sciences) sciences yeah. Mm. (Um )I really believe so.
José: Well on the other hand maybe if somebody who does study science has the same experience aboutJosé should have said “as” (3:17) you, they could say the same thing, you know. “I want to be an engineer, so uh the things that I studied in- for tests in physics and biology were useful, but I didn’t get much from history or I didn’t get much from from from economics.” But you felt that it was actually a useful thing.
Haruka: Yeah it was useful.
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