Japanese Speech Competition

Japanese Speech Competition

Japanese Speech Competition 150 150 Simon Whitlock

On the 17th of August, AUT hosted their annual Japanese Speech Competition for Secondary Students. In this competition, you are required to prepare a speech in Japanese on a topic of your choice. In the Year 12&13 category, there is a chance to win a return trip to Japan. The top three speakers from this category are selected to do a Q&A session with the judges and the best student wins the price. From our school four senior students, Ziqi, Samantha, Midori and I attended this day and two students participated in the competition.  Midori Uchida, whose speech topic was ‘Why I Learn English’, participated in the Open Division for native Japanese speakers.  My speech topic was ‘Anime Saves Lives’, and I participated in the Year 12&13 category. It was a long day with around 32 students presenting but AUT provided a LOT of sushi at lunch so it was worth going.  In the end we all received participation certificates and had a photo session. The Q&A session was really intense and 1st place among the top 3 pupils went to a student from Rangitoto College. I was not selected to do the Q&A but I received the special ‘Highly Commended’ prize. Overall, it was an eventful day with lots of opportunities and we tried our best. I recommend other senior students taking Japanese to try taking part and have fun.

Bhavya Jasti