Annual Chinese Bridge Competition in London

26 May 2017

Back in April, Computer Science student Daniel Thomas competed in the Chinese Bridge Competition in London on behalf of the Confucius Institute alongside 30 other contestants.

Daniel Thomas at the Chinese Bridge Competition

Accompanied by his teacher Mrs Lucy Yang, he achieved a full score in the Chinese culture quiz session and particularly impressed the judges in the talent show, where he demonstrated Chinese brush painting.

The ‘Chinese Bridge’- Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students is a large-scale international contest organised by the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban). Since its launch in 2002, this annual event has attracted more than 300,000 college students from over 80 countries. The ‘Chinese Bridge’ has become an important platform for international college students to learn more about the Chinese language and culture. It is a bridge of understanding that links China to young people worldwide.

‘It was a very enjoyable competition, with many very impressive competitors.’ Daniel said. ‘The competition consisted of three parts, first a quiz, which contained questions on Chinese culture, language and geography; secondly, a three minute speech; and finally, a culture performance.’

Daniel started preparing for the competition in February by writing his speech. He mainly talked about his interesting experience of learning Chinese as well as his trips to China, and his feelings about China compared the UK. For the Chinese speech, culture performance and the Chinese culture quiz he prepared and practised at the Confucius Institute with the help of his teacher Lucy, his painting instructor Steven and other teachers.

Although he is not studying Chinese as part of his degree, he is the very first candidate that is studying Mandarin at the Confucius Institute. He has shown a great passion for Chinese language, enormous courage for accepting the challenge in taking part in this national competition and has put a lot of effort in preparing for the performance. Although he wasn’t part of the top three in the final, he enjoyed this once-in-a-lifetime experience, followed by an after-competition banquet hosted by the Chinese consulate-general in London.

‘Despite requiring a great deal of preparation, I found the experience very enjoyable, and learnt a lot more about Chinese culture, as well as improving my pronunciation and meeting some interesting people’ Daniel added.

The whole CI team has had great pleasure in supporting Daniel on his journey and is very proud of what he has achieved.

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