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Students participate in language-proficiency competition

CCTV.com

04-26-2016 00:28 BJT

Students around the world are taking part in Chinese-language competitions that culminates with finals in China. Organized by the Confucius Institute, “Chinese Bridge” is now in its 15th year.

Seventy students from 15 colleges joined the preliminary rounds of competition in Chicago. With the theme “Dreams Enlighten the Future” the competition is meant to test language abilities and competitors’ knowledge of China and cultural talents. Among these were Chinese songs, Chinese calligraphy, and martial arts.

“I was nervous when I first went to China due to the different cultures between China and America,” one competitor said.

“But when I came back to my country, I missed China a lot, because the food is not as tasty as in China, and there were not as many chances of speaking Chinese either, which makes me sad.”

The competition is sponsored by the Confucius Institute Headquarters. The special prize winner gets a paid trip to China to take part in the finals and receives at least half a year’s Confucius Institute scholarship. The next prize winner has a paid trip to watch the final.

The competition has been held annually since 2002 and has become an important platform for college students to learn about China along with its language.

The 14th Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition for Forgign College Students

Final match of the 14th Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students

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