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3 Americans win top prizes in foreign student Chinese speech contest

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2023/11/30
Contestants pose with their prizes and certificates at the 2023 Foreign Students Chinese Public Speaking Competition in Taipei on Tuesday.

Three American students won the top prizes in Taiwan's 2023 Foreign Students Chinese Public Speaking Competition, in which 68 students from 15 countries competed, according to the National Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall, which organized the event.

The contestants, who came from 20 colleges across the country, hailed from Australia, Canada, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, South Korea, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Vietnam.

Each contestant was given five minutes to speak about one of five assigned topics: "My observations of Taiwan's election culture," "The one thing I find most surprising about Taiwan," "Is the gender column necessary on (Taiwan's) National Identification Card?" "How artificial intelligence (AI) has impacted humankind?" and "Should you offer people compliments or criticism?"

They were graded on the content of their speech, as well as their delivery, posture, and time management.

The contestants gave animated speeches, with many using idioms and gesturing frequently as they illustrated their points and engaged the audience.

Following a day of impressive demonstration of language and public speaking skills, the winners were announced, with the first, second, and third-place winners all being Americans.


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