2017 “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Swedish Secondary School Students and College Students Comes to an End

[Source]    Xinhua News Agency [Time]    2017-05-19 08:39:04 

The 2017 “Chinese Bridge” Chinese proficiency competition for Swedish secondary school students and college students was held by the Education Section of the Chinese Embassy in Stockholm on May 14th. 15 teams of secondary school students and college students from all over the country took part in the contest.

Themed “Dreams Enlighten the Future”, the students were given a chance to showcase their progress in speech, Q&A as well as talent showing. At the event, students showed their enthusiasm towards Chinese proficiency as well as their understanding on Chinese cultural covering such aspects as calligraphy, martial arts, paper cutting, instrumental performances, singing and dancing. H.E Chen Yuming, Chinese Ambassador to Sweden was present at the event.

After fierce competition, Linnea Petersson (妮娅) from Stockholm University stood out and won the contest of the university section with the speech :Illuminating the Future with Dreams and her piano play: Special Person. Mattias Lind and Linn Lewis from Internationella Engelska Gymnasiet took the prize for the secondary school section with their speech Our Chinese Idols and the song Wordless Memorial Tablet matched with calligraphy performance.

“I think the competition is not just for showing contestants’ Chinese language proficiency, but for showing their understandings about Chinese culture.” Linnea Petersson told Xinhua News Agency after winning the contest. Three years ago, she attended the competition as a secondary school student and was given a scholarship. She then studied in Fudan University for a year. Now, she is going to attend the final competition in China as the representative of Swedish university students.

Dou Chunxiang, Education Counselor of Chinese Embassy China in Sweden, told Xinhua News Agency that this competition was the one with the most contestants and the widest coverage. Compared with previous competitions, the students’ proficiency in Chinese has improved a lot and their understanding about Chinese culture and their dedication in Chinese learning are admirable.

(Story by Fu Yiming, Xinhua News Agency, Stockholm, May 14th)