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(Contest winners, The Japan Foundation Sydney)

From Karoshi (death by overworking) to identity, the 24 finalists presented their speeches on diverse topics in Japanese at the 48th Japanese Language Speech Contest held in Sydney in October.  Broadcast on the 2nd of November, 2017.

Junko Hirabayashi
Published on
Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 12:53
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5.07 MB
11 min 4 sec

The contest is the national final and has four divisions for participants to compete. This year, the 23 finalists who won the State/Territory Contest and one student representing New Zealand presented their Japanese skills.  In order to deliver the speeches to a wider audience, the contest went live on Facebook for the first time.

The winner of the High School Senior Division is Kimberley Tay.  And Tien Pham won the first prize for the Open Beginner Division.  In the part one segment, you can listen to Kimberley and Tien’s speeches and the feedback from Ms. Anne De Kretser from the Melbourne Centre for Japanese Language Education, who participated in the contest as a judge.

The Background Speaker Division and the Open Division are covered in the part two segment.


Prize Winners

<High School Senior Division>

1st Kimberley Tay (Perth Modern School, WA) 

“When could I have realised it and been in time?”

2nd Cindy Nguyen (The MacRobertson Girls High School, VIC)

“Even if it’s an alien, don’t be jealous”

3rd Belinda Ho (All Saints Anglican School, QLD)

“The importance of decision making”

<Open Beginner Division>

1st Tien Pham (University of Canberra, ACT)

“Spice up your Japanese!”

2nd Cassandra Kwok (University of New South Wales, NSW)

“Can You Eat Spicy Food?”

3rd Xuan Tee (University of Western Australia, WA)

“The Thinking Organ : The Brain”