“Let’s Talk Chinese” Quiz Show Held in Kampala

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Makerere University in Uganda [Time]    2019-09-25 13:58:24 

On September 6th, local time, the “Let’s Talk Chinese” quiz show, jointly organized by the Chinese Embassy in Uganda, Vision Group and the Confucius Institute at Makerere University, was held at the Tulip Hotel in Kampala, Uganda. Nearly one hundred people attended the event, including Nawangwe, President of Makerere University, Endianabo, Deputy General Manager of Vision Group, Zheng Zhuqiang, Chinese Ambassador to Uganda, Xia Zhuoqiong, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at Makerere University, the audience of “Let’s Talk Chinese”, a Chinese teaching program, and representative teachers from the Confucius Institute at Makerere University.

Group photo

The quiz show began with a documentary on beautiful Chinese landscape. Zheng Zhuqiang remarked in his speech that the China-Uganda relations are at its best in history. Bilateral cooperation in infrastructure, industrialization and other economic fields has achieved fruitful results, bringing benefits to both countries and people. In comparison, our cooperation in cultural fields still needs to be further strengthened. In particular, there is currently an increasingly urgent need for people of both countries to learn each other’s language so as to have intimate communications, and both parties should make more efforts in language learning. The Ugandan government has added Chinese into its national curricula of secondary schools and made steady progress in executing its plan for training local Chinese teachers. Under this circumstance, this timely event would facilitate the promotion of the Chinese language in Uganda and consolidate the public support for the China-Uganda relations. He emphasized that this year is the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Over the past seventy years, dramatic changes have taken place in China and Chinese people have made extraordinary achievements. As the saying goes: “seeing is believing”. He invited winners of the contest to come to China this year to see a real China. And he also expressed his hope that the audience of the “Let’s talk Chinese” TV program could make continued efforts in their Chinese leaning so as to contribute more to the friendship between the two countries.

Zheng Zhuqiang giving a speech

Nawangwe said that Chinese civilization is the only of its kind in the world that has lasted till today. He has been to China many times and found the cultures, foods and landscapes vary a lot in different parts of China. He hoped that more people in Uganda could have a chance to visit China and experience this difference. Chinese is most spoken languages in the world. More than 10,000 students have enrolled for the Confucius Institute at Makerere University in the past few years, and this number fully reflects Ugandan people’s acceptance and love for Chinese language. Honored as a “Global Advanced Confucius Institute in 2018”, the Confucius Institute at Makerere University successfully assisted Makerere University in offering two undergraduate majors: Chinese Language and Asian Studies. Makerere University is willing to enhance cooperation with all parties to better meet the Ugandan people’s needs for Chinese learning.

Nawangwe giving a speech

Endianabo said that China is playing an important international role and is exerting a greater international influence. Meanwhile, China is Uganda’s sincere and reliable partner for development. Therefore, it is necessary for Ugandans, especially the youngsters, to learn and master Chinese. Learning Chinese well is a key to the future. Vision Group is willing to reinforce its cooperation with China, vigorously promote Chinese in Uganda and facilitate sustained and in-depth development of bilateral relations.

As the annual finale of the program, this quiz show attracted 60 contestants around Uganda. They are all fans of the TV program and were selected to the contest. The competition is divided into audition and individual a points race. The content covers knowledge in Chinese culture, geography and national conditions.

In the first round, the contestants were divided into three groups. After more than an hour of quick quizzes, nine contestants entered the next round. The second round was much fiercer. The nine contestants took turns to answer three required questions and one optional question, each optional question having a different score. The top five contestants would be the final winners and get a chance to visit China.

Quiz show

During the show, Ma Wei, the runner-up of this year’s “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for College Students in Uganda and student of the Confucius Institute at Makerere University, and Jia Xiaoshan, the champion of “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Secondary School Students performed a wonderful Tai Chi and a Tibetan dance.

Tibetan dance

“Let’s Talk Chinese” TV program is a Chinese education TV program jointly organized by the Chinese Embassy in Uganda, Uganda Vision Group and the Confucius Institute at Makerere University. The program was launched in March and each episode broadcast 30 minutes. Up to now, 24 episodes have been broadcast with an audience of about 100,000 viewers. This competition is also the closing ceremony of this program to test its influence.

Urban TV, a subsidiary company of Vision Group, broadcast live the whole show on TV and Internet.

Story by Lu Chen