Langara modern languages student claims title at Annual All BC Japanese Speech Contest

Sally Wu poses with her first-place certificate after winning the intermediate category of the Annual All BC Japanese Speech Contest that was held March 3 at Simon Fraser University’s Halpern Centre.

Japanese is often considered to be one of the hardest languages to learn in the world, so what could be more impressive than learning it in just two years? Winning the intermediate 24th Annual All BC Japanese Speech Contest.

Sally Wu, a Chinese immigrant who moved to Canada two years ago with her parents and two siblings, won the annual contest with her speech about gender inequality stemming from her own personal experience of being born a female into a Chinese family.

Annual All BC Japanese Speech Contest victory second for Langara

The contest is broken up into several application sections, with a maximum of 450 class hours allowed for the intermediate stage. There is a preliminary paper screening, where a panel of judges hand picks the contestants’ best speeches before allowing them to perform them in front of a live audience.

The intermediate category at the contest was won last year by modern languages student Sam Ramdani who carried on to win the Canada National Japanese Speech Contest title.

Wu will compete in the Canada National Japanese Speech Contest at UBC on March 31.

Wu’s victory not surprising, say instructors

Choji Hayashi, chair of the modern languages department, tutored Wu in preparation for the contest, and is not surprised by her victory.

“She articulates her opinion very clearly, so she has a gift to present ideas clearly,” he said. “She is a very intelligent student, I didn’t ask her to participate, it’s a completely volunteer activity. She really wanted to do it.”

Reported by Alex Skerdzhev

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