Confucius Institute at Novosibirsk State University of Technology holds the 5th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Russian University Students

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Novosibirsk State University of Technology [Time]    2016-07-04 13:46:59 

On May 27th, 2016, the 5th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Russian University Students was held at the Novosibirsk Academic Youth Theater “Globe”. The event was organized by the Chinese Embassy in Russia, and hosted by the Confucius Institute at Novosibirsk State University of Technology.

Opening ceremony

The competition began with the quick and lively rhythm of the song “Speaking Chinese”. Deputy Governor of the Novosibirsk region Yury Petukhov said in his speech that Chinese Bridge was a bridge of friendship between China and the world, and that he hoped some outstanding contestants could be chosen through this platform to represent Russia in the world finals, then wished all contestants the best of luck. Chinese Consular-General in Yekaterinburg Mr. Tian Yongxiang approved of the pre-competition preparation done by the Confucius Institute at Novosibirsk State University of Technology, expressing his gratitude toward the Chinese language teachers for all their hard work, and wished the competition to be a great success.

Mr. Tian Yongxiang giving a speech

Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at Moscow State University Zheng Mingqiu acted as head judge of the competition, with the remaining judges being local Director of the Confucius Institute at Russian State University for the Humanities Taras Ivchenko, Principal of Confucius Classroom in St. Petersburg Han Danxing, local Director of the Confucius Institute at Novosibirsk State University Sergey Komissarov, and Vice-Dean of the School of Chinese Studies at Dalian University of Foreign Languages Chen Zijiao.

Group speech: What Do You Think of “Smartphone Addicts”?

The competition consisted of four segments, adopting an elimination format. The first segment was a group speech, in which the contestants would watch a video clip, then give a speech based on the content of the video, with a time limit of five minutes. The themes of the videos involved intangible cultural heritages, environmental protection, reading, and topical issues like “smartphone addicts”. The contestants’ superb and natural Mandarin, remarkably true-to-life performances, and impressive innovation filled the audience of more than 500 people with admiration, resulting in frequent and fervent applause.

One-minute speech

In the one-minute speech segment, the contestants who entered the top 15 would choose a topic, then would have 30 seconds to prepare, after which they would speak for one minute, testing not only the contestants’ Chinese level, but also their ability in quick reaction and linguistic organization. The contestants’ incredible improvisational skills and mastery of Mandarin basics garnered much praise from the judges.

In the third segment, the top 10 contestants showed the audience their China-related talents. In a recital of the Li Bai poem “The Arduous Roads of Shu”, one contestant used bold expression and smooth intonation to accurately convey the poem’s sentiment. And the original song “My Dream” combined another contestant’s “China dream” with rock music, bringing the competition to a climax.

Trivia quiz “Who's Still Standing”

In the trivia quiz segment “Who's Still Standing”, the top five students answered questions on the screen, the first to push their buzzer being the one to answer first. Topics included Chinese language, national conditions, geography, culture, history, and life. The contestants used their knowledge of China to objectively analyze the questions, overcoming one difficult question after another. In the end Khalmakshinova Svetlana came away the champion, with Li Margarita in second, and Yushkovsky Vladimir in third. All contestants who entered the top five received Chinese government scholarships.

Minister-Counsellor Mr. Zhao Guocheng giving the prize to the champion

The Russian students prepared many exciting shows for the competition, from vocal performances of songs like “The Moon Represents My Heart” and a violin solo performance of “The Butterfly Lovers”, to Taijiquan and other martial arts, with the dance show “Little Apple” being a major highlight.

Minister-Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in Russia Mr. Zhao Guocheng highly praised the competition, saying that it used a novel format, adding innovation to traditional styles, with a very abundant array of video and trivia questions, and he was very impressed with the level of the contestants’ Chinese. Mr. Zhao also said he hoped that friendly ties between Russia and China could use the “Chinese Bridge” competition as a foundation, supported by the youthful minds of the students, to popularize the wonderful culture of China on a global scope.