2015年4月25日,第14届“汉语桥”世界大学生中文比赛华盛顿州预选赛在华盛顿大学新闻传播学院120会场隆重举办。本届“汉语桥”比赛由华盛顿州孔子学院主办,全程秉持公平公正的原则,经过三个部分的角逐,本届预选赛最终分别选出一、二、三等奖和三位单项奖获得者。

下午1点30分,汉语桥比赛正式拉开帷幕。华盛顿大学副教务长、孔子学院美方院长Jeffrey Riedinger 作了开场致辞,欢迎前来比赛的选手、评委老师和观众,并表达了对汉语和中国文化学习的充分支持。主持人简单了介绍汉语桥比赛背景和基本规则后,来自华盛顿州各地的十余名选手便依次登台,一场紧张激烈的角逐由此开始。

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图1:第十四届汉语桥比赛正式开始

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图2:华盛顿州孔子学院外方院长Jeffrey Riedinger致辞

比赛第一部分是3分钟中文演讲。选手们需要在规定的时间内作一番主题演讲。他们或将自己与汉语的不解之缘娓娓道来,或饶有趣味地与在场观众分享自己的快乐汉语之旅,或豪情万丈地畅谈中国梦。3分钟的演讲充分展现了各位选手的汉语水平和口语表达能力,他们的演讲内容或风趣、或深刻,令评委老师和现场观众连连称赞。

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图3:选手作精彩的演讲,分享学习汉语的快乐旅程

 比赛的第二部分是知识竞答环节。知识问答内容涉及汉语知识、中国国情、文化、地理、历史、传统习俗等各个方面。选手们经过精心准备,在这一部分都取得了优异的成绩。他们对汉语和中国文化的了解程度之深、范围之广令现场观众刮目相看。

比赛进入到第三部分中国文化才艺表演环节,气氛更为活跃。选手们各显神通,纷纷将自己的拿手好戏带上舞台。他们有的高歌曼舞一曲《霸王别姬》,曲惊四座;有的身着汉服,用歌声将《青花瓷》的风韵婉转唱出;有的手执细绳一根,从指间绕出美丽的中国结。更有五名选手同台挥毫,用水墨将中国书画的风采淋漓尽致地展现出来。他们的文化才艺展示高潮迭起,精彩纷呈,评委和现场观众都叹为观止。

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图4:选手们同台挥毫,用水墨书写汉字之美

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图5:华盛顿州孔子学院外方院长Jeffrey Riedinger为比赛进行现场幸运抽奖

 三个环节的比赛结束后,评委们进入了紧张的评分阶段。经过评委们的认真考虑和反复斟酌,本届汉语桥华盛顿州预选赛最终选出三名综合获奖者和三名单项奖获得者。以下为获奖名单:

一等奖 Brandon Estano

二等奖 Akane Asada

三等奖 Jennifer Wong

最佳演说奖 Brandon Estano

最具学识奖 Jennifer Wong

最佳才艺奖 Lauren Gilmore

评委及孔子学院中方院长周军老师分别为各奖项获得者颁奖。周军老师在最后做了闭幕致辞,对所有参加比赛的选手、评委、观众及工作人员表示了诚挚的感谢,并且期待与大家来年汉语桥再相见。

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图6:华盛顿州孔子学院中方院长周军作闭幕致辞

 本届“汉语桥”华盛顿州预选赛成功举办,这对鼓励世界大学生学习汉语、提高汉语知识水平起到了积极的推动作用。现场观众纷纷表示这样的汉语比赛不仅促进了世界人民对汉语和中国的了解,更弘扬了中国文化、加深了中国人对自身文化的理解和认同。他们期待能够在未来参与到更多的汉语比赛和中国文化盛会中,进一步推动世界汉语学习热潮。

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图7:汉语桥比赛全体合影

The 14th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Language Preliminary Competition was held by the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington (CIWA) at the University of Washington on April 25, 2015. It attracted college students from across Washington state. The winners were:

First Prize: Brand Estano

Second Prize: Akane Asada

Third Prize: Jennifer Wong

The Winner for “Public Speaking”: Brandon Estano

The Winner for “Knowledge of China and Chinese Language”: Jennifer Wong

The Winner for “Chinese Culture Talent Performance”: Lauren Gilmore

The competition started at 1:30 p.m with a warm welcome from Dr. Jeffrey Riedinger, Vice Provost for Global Affairs and CIWA Director. The first part, Chinese Speech, required contestants to deliver a three-minute speech in Chinese. Some of them told interesting stories about their experience when learning Chinese and some talked about their ambitious Chinese dreams. Knowledge of China, the second section, consisted of tests on a wide range of knowledge about Chinese language, culture, and history. Well-prepared, all the contestants got very good results in this part. The competition culminated in the third part—Chinese Talent Show. Each contestant showed his or her special skills. The beautiful singing of “Xin Guifei Zuijiu” and “Qing Hua Ci” amazed the audience, the dexterous Chinese knot making was miraculous, and the Chinese calligraphy and painting performance by five contestants at the same time fully revealed the beauty of Chinese ink and wash painting. Through this competition, all the contestants fully showcased their talents in Chinese language, knowledge, and arts. Their excellent presentations gained rounds of applause from the audience and the judges.

In the closing speech, Dr. Zhou Jun, the Chinese Director of CIWA, expressed his heart-felt gratitude towards the contestants, judges, volunteers, staff, and the audience, wishing to meet everybody again in next year’s “Chinese Bridge” Competition.

After the competition, several spectators commented that this event was a great success. A competition like this could not only foster a better understanding towards China and Chinese culture, but also deepen Chinese people’s recognition of their own culture. They wish to participate in more Chinese competitions in the future so as to promote Chinese learning and teaching around the world.