The 26th Japanese Speech Contest among CIS countries

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The 26th Japanese Speech Contest among CIS countries’ students has been held on October 26, 2013, in Moscow, Russia. It was the second time for the Republic of Moldova to participate in this contest. Students gathered from different parts of Russia and from several CIS countries to demonstrate their profound knowledge in speaking Japanese. The speech contest is the perfect opportunity to show the world the outcome of their hard work and years of thorough study of the Japanese language.

Olga Rudic, 3rd year student at the State University of Moldova, specializing in Translation and Interpretation, has represented Moldova in Moscow. Olga has always enjoyed learning foreign languages, but learning the Japanese language has proved to be the greatest challenge for her. “One needs to really have a passion for Japanese so as to be able to actually learn it. Out of all the foreign languages I have had the chance to learn up until now, the Japanese language is still the most amazing one, although it does take a lot of hard work and determination to learn it. But maybe this is why learning it is not only difficult, but also entertaining and enjoyable. Learning Japanese has opened up new horizons and I am so happy that it was me who represented Moldova in Moscow, and that I could prove, the level of Japanese that we have here and how hard we actually work in order to be able to master this extraordinary and unique language. I think that these speech contests organized at international level are very beneficial to Japanese language learners, because it gives them the chance to assess better their own abilities and they can see where they need to make amendments as far as it concerns their speaking skills.”, has shared with us Olga Rudic.

Olga has performed the 7th, and in her speech, entitled “Life is unpredictable” she has shared with the audience how her life has absolutely and irrecoverably changed when while still being a university student, she brought to this world her daughter, Mia. Of course, accepting the idea of becoming a mother at only 21

years old took a lot of courage, so the message Olga meant to convey was that we should not be afraid of making a step forward and of assuming responsibilities. 

Notwithstanding the fact that Olga didn’t make it among the best 10 participants, the greatest reward was the fact that journalists of Japan’s most popular daily newspaper – Asahi Shinbun, have repeatedly complemented her on the prowess she demonstrated in speaking Japanese, which resembled very much the genuine speech of a native speaker of Japanese. Not only has she received such positive feedback from the Japanese journalists, but also from several participants of the contest, who didn’t refrain from showing their admiration and their consternation as well, for the fact that Olga didn’t make it among the best 10 participants. Even a member of the jury has revealed during later on, that he has been deeply moved by the performance of Mrs. Olga.

I was very surprised when the Japanese journalist came up to me and asked me to answer a few questions, and I was absolutely impressed and flattered when he praised so much my pronunciation. At that moment, I felt more than ever grateful to my teachers of Japanese, especially to Ukai Kanako, who worked so much with me and helped me get incredibly close to the genuine native pronunciation.” 

Several major Japanese companies have supported the speech contest, thus every participant has been awarded prizes, so as to reward the efforts they made in order to speak up at this contest and bolster their self-confidence and to keep up their motivation to study Japanese further on.