Com­pe­ti­tion to bridge gap be­tween coun­tries

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - Sara Fitz­patrick

KYLEE Ko­tula is “su­per-pumped” to take on the world in the 10th an­nual global Chi­nese Lan­guage Bridge Com­pe­ti­tion (Hanyu Qiao).

The Year 10 Methodist Ladies’ Col­lege stu­dent will fly to Yun­nan, China, in Oc­to­ber to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia af­ter win­ning the re­cent re­gional fi­nals.

Striv­ing to bridge the gap be­tween China and the world, the con­test has three com­po­nents: oral speech, cul­tural per­for­mance, in which Kylee will play the Guzheng (Chi­nese zither), and a gen­eral knowl­edge writ­ten as­sess­ment.

“I started learn­ing Chi­nese in Year 3 and over the years I’ve liked it more and more,” Kylee said.

“I find it re­ally in­ter­est­ing how it is com­pletely dif­fer­ent from English as in it has char­ac­ters in­stead of let­ters.

“Also, there is a mas­sive re­la­tion­ship with China so it’s re­ally good to know the lan­guage and I think it would be re­ally cool at some point in my life to be a Chi­nese diplo­mat.”

Last year, more than 200 stu­dents from 89 coun­tries com­peted in the international com­pe­ti­tion.

“I’m ner­vous be­cause ev­ery­one is go­ing to be re­ally good at Chi­nese, so I’m try­ing to im­prove my Chi­nese a lot be­fore I go,” Kylee said.

“I have a Chi­nese dic­tio­nary at home which I’m go­ing through and I’m try­ing to take in more of the lan­guage by watch­ing Chi­nese TV shows.”

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