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9th Singapore Korean Speech Contest 2014

Ever since I started to learn Korean in 2008, I make it a point to go for the annual speech contest if I’m in Singapore. I have also participated in two of them – 2009 and 2012.

I genuinely look forward to the event every year but it’s kinda sad to see it … becoming less anticipated every year despite the huge increase in Korean learners.

I still remember fondly when the event was held in an auditorium in 2008 and 09. You could really feel the intensity and air of formality. There was a sizeable crowd and there were like around 15 participants or more. It truly felt like a contest and everyone came prepared, some with props or what not.

Then the event started to be part of a larger Korean festival and the speech contest started being held in shopping malls…. Somehow it didnt feel the same anymore. The spectators didnt have a space to sit and the event felt like a side event that no one really cared much about. The number of participants seemed to decrease too ):

This year, there were only 9 participants in the final round, and it was the same number in the preliminary round too lol. >< The hall in SKIS was rather empty, and there were few spectators that werent part of the contestants’ friends or family.

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Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed the speeches. The air of informality isnt necessarily bad. I had a lot of fun listening to all the speeches. I particularly liked the speech of the last contestant Wesley. I could really feel his enthusiasm for the language and when he brought out his notebooks I was like WOOOTS!! hahahaha. Fellow notetaker here lolol. I get the impression that he really has proficiency in the language. Side note but sometimes I cant stand it when contestants seemed to be able to deliver a decent speech but cant understand simple sentences (when spoken to him or her) or say something impromptu in Korean lol.

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My camera is really limited when it comes to faraway subjects lolol. Sorry for the crappy photos but my camera cant zoom HAHAAH.

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All the contestants

In any case, I still look forward to the next speech contest but hopefully it will be an event that is truly anticipated and appreciated by Korean learners.

Met a few blog readers / friends for the first time! ^^ Yay, thanks for saying hi!

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Went out for bingsoo after the event with Jamie, one of the contestants. First time eating bingsoo in Singapore and I’m addicted. 😀

Ask me out for bingsoo ok!

For more blog posts on past Korean speech contests:

Till next time!

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3 Comments

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    Myungsoo
    9 November, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    I was surprised by the number of contestants too! I saw videos of previous years’ contests and I was expecting some 14 or more contestants!

    The certificates were different too, compared to previous,uears! I was anticipating to get similar to previous years’ certificates but this hear, it was on a plain black file!

    Nonetheless, I was happy that I got to participate! The only part I regret was being too nervous and forgetting my speech! Definitely going to improve my Korean, overcome my stagefright and take part again next year!

    I also would like to apologise for not talking much to you even though I wanted to! I’m an awkward person and I hope there’ll be more chances for me to speak to you again at the contest next year!

    – Ryan

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    Edna
    10 November, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    Was planning to give it a shot this year but ended up in Taiwan instead 🙁

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    Orphelia
    10 November, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    When I read your story about participating in a speech contest, I looked up one for Japanese and surely there is one. In my town on top of that. I will make sure mark down my calendar for next year. It seems to be a good event to go to.

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