Confucius Institute hosts international Mandarin language competition

May 15 / 158

Jack Daly performing “Fisherman’s Boat at Dusk”
Jack Daly performing “Fisherman’s Boat at Dusk”

 

The language abilities of top performing Victorian tertiary students were on display last weekend as the Confucius Institute at the University of Melbourne hosted the 14th annual ‘Chinese Bridge’ competition for the Melbourne region. 

 

The Chinese Consul General, Song Yumin joined Gabriele Suder, Director- International Relations at the University of Melbourne and the Minister for Finance and Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Robin Scott joined over 120 guests at the competition.  

 

Students from La Trobe University, Monash University, RMIT University, Deakin University and the University of Melbourne joined the competition, which was divided into two parts, a speech on the theme of “My Chinese Dream” and a Chinese cultural performance. 

 

After two hours of intense competition, University of Melbourne student John (Jack) Daly came runner-up, just behind David Kral of Monash University. 

 

During the performance section David wowed the audience with his own interpretation of “little apple” which had an opera and musical twist. Jack performed a saxophone piece “Fisherman’s Boat at Dusk” which blended western and eastern elements. 

 

The 14th “Chinese Bridge” competition, a Chinese language contest for tertiary students that are non-native speakers of Chinese is currently underway around the world. 

 

The competition was launched in 2002 and plays an ever growing role in promoting the study of Chinese language and culture. 

 

Story by Thomas Day

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