Lao students competed in the 14th Japanese Speech Contest to demonstrate their acquired Japanese language skills at the Lao-Japan Budo Centre in Vientiane Capital on Mar 19.
The Japanese Speech Contest has been organized every year since 2004 to promote Japanese language learning in the Lao PDR, as well as to deepen mutual understanding between the Lao and Japanese people.
The winner of the one-minute speech was Ms Kingkanda Souliya, with Ms Leichang Cheuaher and Ms Naphaphone Phonasa announced as first and second runners-up respectively.
Mr Latthasone Phommavong was the winner of the three-minute speech, while Mr Soukpaseurth Vongsay and Mr Kormoua Phaidam were announced as the first and second runners-up in the category respectively.
The winners of the contest are awarded the chance to travel to Japan.
The contest was held by the Embassy of Japan and Japanese language institutes in the Lao PDR in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Sports.
This year’s contest drew 75 young competitors from Vientiane Capital, Luang Prabang, Sayabouly, Bolikhamxay, Savannakhet, and Champasak. They demonstrated their Japanese language skills by reciting Japanese texts and delivering speeches that they had prepared themselves.
Furthermore, two guests presented special speeches. Singing and dancing performances were also presented by students during the contest.
The event was attended by Mr. Kazunori Kawada, Charge d’ Affaires ad interim of Japan to the Lao PDR. In his speech, he encouraged the Japanese learners, who communicate with Japanese people and are deepening the understanding of Japanese culture, to be bridges between both nations.
In addition, government officials, teachers, students, local residents, as well as family members and friends of those who participated in the contest, also came to the event to cheer on the contestants.
Source: Lao News Agency