Chinese speaking contest for expats
A Chinese-speaking contest held last Saturday at Central Walk in Futian district, with 20 foreign competitors from 15 countries. The contest was organized by China Radio International and a Shenzhen Radio Station. With enough passion and time to practice you can learn to speak fluent Chinese in no time, said one competitor.
The 20 expats were required to introduce themselves in Chinese, compose sentences and answer questions from a panel of judges chosen by the organizers. Competitors are determined to show off and demonstrate what they have learned, since most expats learned Chinese so they can be involved in city life. Some of the expats have been living in Shenzhen for almost 20 years and some are already married to Chinese women.
Five winners will be chosen out of the 20 competitors and will be ask to compete in Beijing, with contestants from other Chinese cities on September 28. Winners will then be asked to host Chinese programs on radio stations and be ambassadors for the 2011 Universiade games.