THE 28th Japanese Speech Contest that was held at the Chancellor’s Hall of Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) on August 15, which was a great success, was aimed at encouraging contestants to improve the competency in the Japanese language through a public demonstration of their oratory skill.
The contest was divided into the three categories: Beginner, Advanced and Open.
Some 14 students participated this year and presented their speeches to the audience and judges who were impressed by the level of proficiency, the interesting content and the presentation skills displayed.
The first prize winner for the Advanced category was Siti Nur Afifah Baidzura binti Haji Mat Yassin, who is enrolled in a Master’s programme at UBD and has studied Japanese for slightly under three years. Her speech was entitled, “Japanese Dialect.”
Her hard work was rewarded with the first prize of an opportunity to visit Japan and experience its culture first-hand.
Each year, in autumn, the Japan Overseas Enterprises Association invites the winners of Japanese speech contests held in Asean member states to Japan as part of its programme of international exchanges.
The association provides accommodation and bears other related costs for the duration of the visits. All Nippon Airways and the Japan Foundation collaboratively sponsor the return air tickets.
Siti Nur Afifah Baidzura binti Haji Mat Yassin will visit Japan from October 18-26, when the Asean representatives will gather to demonstrate their language skill in a public demonstration. She will also visit locations of cultural and historic interest.
The Ambassador of Japan to Brunei Darussalam, Noriko Iki, and the organising committee of the Japanese speech contest, said they hope Siti Nur Afifah Baidzura binti Haji Mat Yassin will enjoy her trip.