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IPU New Zealand Team Aces Speech Competition

Four talented IPU New Zealand students took out top accolades at the 11th Manawatu Chinese Speech Competition, which was held at the Globe Theatre in Palmerston North earlier this month.

IPU students win speech compVietnamese student Pham Caius Dat gave an engaging speech about iconic 3-D puzzle, the Rubik’s Cube, which he delivered fluently without relying on notes, earning himself the gold medal in the Senior Individual category.

Meanwhile three Japanese IPU New Zealand students Nakamura Juri, Kataoka Yuki and Kanada Kotaro won first prize in the Group category for their interesting and often funny speech entitled ‘Taro Learning Chinese’. The speech highlighted the difficulties Japanese face when trying to learn Chinese, despite the similar Chinese character background.

The Manawatu Chinese Speech Competition is a Chinese language and cultural event co-organised every year by the New Zealand Chinese Association Inc, the New Zealand China Friendship Society and the Manawatu Chinese Community Trust. It’s an opportunity to showcase students’ learning achievements and help them further build their language skills. This year’s event drew more than 30 participants, competing across four different categories.

IPU New Zealand graduates have the reputation for being strong communicators who are bi or tri-lingual. That’s because language is an integral part of the fabric of IPU New Zealand. All bachelor’s students are required to take six language and culture papers, giving Kiwi students the chance to study Japanese and Mandarin, and international students the chance to study English and Japanese or Mandarin. The provider also has a close relationship with the Confucius Institute who send over a Mandarin Learning Assistant (tutor) each year.

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