In a landmark event, Bennett Arabella from Australia, and Okabe Chikara and Mizuguchi Sayo from Japan, all students at the Faculty of Vietnamese Studies at Hanoi University of Social Sciences and Humanities, clinched the top honor at the national Vietnamese speech contest for foreign students. This unique contest was rolled out on a nationwide scale for the first time this year.
Embracing the Vietnamese Culture
On December 1, the trio gave an exceptional performance, fully immersing themselves in the Vietnamese culture. They donned traditional Vietnamese attire and presented a medley of Vietnamese folk music from various regions. Their performance was so authentic, it was easy to forget that they were foreign students who had to overcome numerous personal challenges, including anxiety, pronunciation, and stage fright, to reach this point.
Preparation and Dedication
These students didn't just wake up one day and decide to participate in the contest. They dedicated hours upon hours to perfect their speech and singing, going as far as adopting different Vietnamese accents to add a touch of authenticity to their performance. Their hard work paid off when they stood on the stage, confidence oozing from their every pore, and delivered a performance that left the audience in awe.
The Vietnamese speech contest attracted the attention of over 600 international students from 15 different countries. After a fierce competition, only 12 teams made it to the final round. The dean of the faculty, Le Thi Thanh Tam, was quick to highlight the commitment all participants showed towards learning and honoring the Vietnamese language. The contestants' unwavering passion for the Vietnamese culture and language was a driving force behind their perseverance and ultimate success.