hehe obviously I went as a spectator and not to take part 😡
Went to support a close friend who was in the finals! 😀 This was my first time at the Japanese association (and probably last) since they usually restrict their access to members only!
Had loads of fun there, and I was really surprised that I could understand almost all the speeches!! 😀 I still remembered the first time I went to a Korean speech contest in 2009. I had studied Korean for nearly 2 years then but I still had to concentrate and really make effort to listen to and understand the speeches. But now, I can just sit through 24 Japanese speeches and enjoy them comfortably, just like how I would for any Korean speech! That feeling is amazing 😀
Taking part and being spectator to a few speech contests have made me realized that speech contest ≠ proficiency contest. Speech contests are not just about proficiency. Or rather, proficiency / fluency play a more background role in speech contests. A good speech includes good delivery skills (which is not specific to any language), good content, interesting/powerful message and of course pronunciation / intonation etc. I used to think speech contests are like a test / recognition of your foreign language abilities and I guess that’s why many people will actually feel too. But the truth is that it’s NOT. Mmm will be interesting to have a proficiency contest 😛 Like drawing lots on the spot and then making a speech on the topic that you have chosen…. and then a Q&A session with a panel of judges. HAHAHA. That will be so damn exciting (and stressful).
Had an awesome time at the speech contest and met a few people for the first time! I’m not known to be the most sociable and easy-going person out there so I was pretty amazed that we all hit it off quite well 😀 I think having similar interests help!
Talked a lot, thought a lot and it was a superb day! 😀
p.s. This is the 999th post 😛