The France Regional Preliminary Round of “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students Comes to End

[Source] [Time]    2018-04-12 14:19:07 

On April 7th, the France Regional Preliminary Round of the 11th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students was held in Lycée Louis-le-Grand, Paris, and had the participation of nearly 50 secondary school students from all over France.

The contestants first delivered free speeches, telling their own stories about China and the Chinese language, and then displayed their deep love for and understanding of Chinese culture through music, dance, instrumental music, martial arts and Taichi boxing in the talent show.

After intense competition, César Oyrzabal, a senior middle school student from Paris, and Dame Ndeko, a junior middle school student from Niort, a city in Western France, were awarded the special prize.

At the contest, two students were awarded the individual first prize, four the second prize, six the third prize, and six the single prize. All prize winners will attend a two-week cultural exchange program as members of an autumn camp to China this October.

Dame Ndeko excitedly told the journalist: “I have been learning Chinese for three years now, since my first year in junior middle school. I’m very glad to have an opportunity to visit China through this competition. I wish I could study and pursue a career in China in the future.”

At the awarding ceremony, Zhai Jun, Chinese Ambassador to France, praised all the contestants for their passion and acting as messengers of friendship between China and France. Mutual learning between civilizations cannot be achieved without language communication, said Zhai. Now, more than 100,000 people are learning Chinese in France, and the number of people learning French in China has amounted to 130,000. This will undoubtedly bring new vigor to the cultural and educational exchanges between the two countries.

Recent years have witnessed a sharp rise in the number of people learning Chinese in France. At present, nearly 50,000 junior and senior middle school students are learning Chinese as a official subject in mainland France, and this number is ranked 5th among students learning other foreign languages.

(Story by Zhang Man, Xinhua News Agency, Paris, April 7th)