A Bridge for Friendly Communications Between China and Russia: 2014 Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition for College Students in St. Petersburg

[Source]    Confucius Institute at St. Petersburg State University [Time]    2014-06-11 16:32:55 
 

On April 26, 2014, the Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition for College Students in St. Petersburg, sponsored by Hanban and co-organized by the Educational Section of Chinese Consulate General in St. Petersburg and the Confucius Institute at St. Petersburg State University, was held successfully in the auditorium of “University Activity Center” at St. Petersburg State University.

Mr. Jiang Zhongliang, Education Consul of Chinese Consulate General in St. Petersburg, first delivered a passionate speech and placed high hopes on every contestant. The judging panel of this competition consisted of Consul Jiang Zhongliang, Professor Alexander Storozhuk, Director of the Teaching and Research Office of Chinese Language and Culture at the Faculty of Oriental Studies of St. Petersburg State University, Mr. Igor Yegorov, a famous Russian translator, Associate Professor Galina Gultyaeva of St. Petersburg Trade-union University for Humanities, and Wang Tong, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at St. Petersburg State University.


Judges

The twelve contestants were from eight universities or institutes that offer Chinese programmes, including the Confucius Institute at St. Petersburg State University and St. Petersburg Confucius Classroom. The contestants showed their charm and competed with each other through the three sessions of prepared speech, language talent show as well as questions and answers.

Each contestant made a speech on one of the two topics: “My Chinese Dream” and “Confucius Institute and Me”. Most of them, referring to their unforgettable experiences of studying in China, expressed their love for learning the Chinese language and culture. The following talent show was even more compelling and remarkable. Whether it was poem or popular song, the contestant performed it very well. It is worth mentioning that Ao Song from the Faculty of Oriental Studies at St. Petersburg State University showed his solid Chinese language skills and won unanimous praise from judges and the audience with his fluent monologue comic talk Throwing Boots. An Ruitong from the Faculty of Philosophy at St. Petersburg State University sang the song Descendents of Dragon full of emotions while playing guitar, which triggered the enthusiasm of the audience and won him the praise from the host as “Leehom Wang of St. Petersburg”.

Finally An Ruitong won the Championship with 96 points, and Ao Song, who was only one point behind the champion, won the second place and the “Best Performance Award”. Jia Xiaona from the Faculty of Oriental Studies at St. Petersburg State University won the third place and the “Best Eloquence Award”. The winners of the fourth and fifth places were respectively Zuo Shuqing from the Confucius Classroom in St. Petersburg and Ming Liya from the Faculty of Philosophy at St. Petersburg State University. They will, representing St. Petersburg, participate in the 3rd National Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition for College Students in Russia held in Haishenwai in late May. All the twelve contestants received a souvenir and the top three contestants were given a Lenovo computer as an award.


An Ruitong, the first-prize winner


Ao Song, the second-prize winner

The contestants of this year had prominent characteristics: not only enthusiastic and eager, but also easygoing and experienced. Their Chinese level showed obvious progress. Mei Taiyan, the champion of last year’s competition, was entirely comfortable with being the hostess this year. The overall level of the contestants was higher than that of last year, and the competition which was very fierce nearly ended up in a situation where two contestants tied for the second place. We hope that the contestants will win further success in the national competition, realize their Chinese dreams and become peace messengers for friendly communications between China and Russia.


Group photo