Ireland Regional Tryout of “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Comes to End

[Source]    xinhuanet.com [Time]    2018-04-16 09:50:08 
 

The 17th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students concluded its Ireland regional tryout in Dublin on April 7th. Altogether, 21 college students from all over the country attended the competition.


Distinguished guests, judges, and contestants posing for a group photo. The Ireland regional tryout of the 17th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students concluded in the capital city Dublin on April 7th. (xinhuanet.com)

The contest was sponsored by Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) and undertaken by the Education Office of the Chinese Embassy in Ireland, Confucius Institute at the University College of Dublin (UCD), and UCD Irish Institute for Chinese Studies. The contest was divided into two rounds: preliminaries and finals, including Chinese speeches and Chinese talent shows. The contest also left time for the audience to appreciate the performance of distinguished guests and to win prizes by verbally offering the quickest right answer to each question asked by the host or hostess, all of which added to the entertaining and fun nature of the event.


A contestant demonstrating his Chinese calligraphy skills. The Ireland regional tryout of the 17th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students concluded in the capital city Dublin on April 7th. (xinhuanet.com)

After several rounds of competition, Robin Healy from the Confucius Institute at University College of Dublin won the first prize by virtue of her wonderful speech “We Share the Same Family” and her beautiful song “Two Walks”.

The winners of the second prize pose for a photo with a distinguished guest. The Ireland regional tryout of the 17th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students concluded in the capital city Dublin on April 7th. (xinhuanet.com)

The third prize winner Beneld Kaf from University College Cork told journalist how the contest enabled him to be aware of the gap between him and other contestants and also strengthened his determination to come to China at his own expense next year for Chinese study.

Wang Liming, Foreign Director of the Confucius Institute at University College of Dublin, said that the “Chinese Bridge” competition not only provides a good stage for Irish young Chinese learners to showcase their Chinese ability, but also further stimulates their interest in learning Chinese and understanding Chinese culture.

Andrew Deeks, President of University College of Dublin, said in his speech that mastering Chinese and understanding Chinese culture is very important to adapt to the trend of future globalization. He encouraged contestants to learn Chinese better and understand Chinese culture better.

Yue Xiaoyong, Chinese Ambassador to Ireland, said that the “Chinese Bridge” competitions held in Ireland over the years have become a great spectacle, and that the contestants’ proficiency is improving year by year. He believes that as Chinese language becomes an important subject of the Irish college entrance examination in 2020, more Irish youngsters are engaged in learning Chinese, which will further deepen the Irish youth's understanding of the Chinese language and culture and promote the people-to-people and cultural exchanges between the two countries.

(By Zhang Qi, xinhuanet.com, Dublin, April 8th)