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Ukraine holds Chinese langauge contest
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13:34, May 09, 2009

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Ukrainian girl Lera, who is a senior student at the Lugansk University, beat all the other seven competitors from the country's renowned universities in a Chinese language contest here on Friday.

She impressed the judges and the audience with her eloquent Chinese speech "Wisdom in Tea" and outstanding performance of traditional Chinese sword-play at the 8th "Chinese Bridge" language contest in Ukraine, which was held at the Taras Shevchenko University of Kiev.

The education department of the Chinese embassy in Ukraine sponsored the activities to select a Ukrainian winner for the international Chinese language contest, which has been held by China's Office of Chinese Language Teaching Abroad each year since2002.

Lera will join winners from other countries in the semi-final of the "Chinese Bridge" contest in July in Changsha, capital of central China's Hunan Province.

The theme of this year's event in Ukraine is "Chinese learning brings you fun and hope."

"Language is a tool for communication and the medium to carry forward a nation's cultural heritage. More Ukrainians became interested in learning Chinese to know more about our country as China developed rapidly," said Chinese Ambassador to Ukraine Zhou Li.

"The cooperation between China and Ukraine in politics, economy, trade, education and culture developed smoothly in recent years," Zhou said, "I believe the competition will provide Ukrainian students with a chance to reveal their talent."

He said the contest has become an important platform for college students around the world to learn Chinese and to know more about China.

Statistics showed that more than 30 million people outside China are learning the Chinese language.

Source: Xinhua



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