A total of 150 international students from more than 50 countries,
including Japan, Korea, Germany, England, France, the United States and
Australia participated in a Chinese singing contest held by the Chinese
Language Center of National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in Taiwan from
48 French students from Institute Polytechnique des Sciences Avancees
(IPSA) in France also performed in the contest. They are currently
studying at the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics (DAA) at NCKU
for a four-month exchange program.
They are divided into four teams performing four Chinese songs.
Nontaillier Aristide from Versilles, France, said "we have practiced
for about five weeks and I have a great time joining the contest."
Aristide also pointed out that singing songs is a good practice for
Another student Decapeyre Laeticia showed what she has learned and said
that she had a great time with teammates.
Petit-Phar Shannon is a star on stage. He is energetic and charismatic,
receiving applauses from the audience.
Shannon, who is the first time to Taiwan, never hesitates to express his
love for Taiwan and he said, "I love Taiwan, especially the people here
are friendly and willing to help foreigners. Also, the Taiwanese food is
so good that I'd like to come back again soon."
The contest is a great opportunity for the international students to use
the language more, according to the organizer from the center.
The evaluation standard of the contest includes 45% of singing (10% of
vocal, 15% of technique and 20% of pitch), 45% of song introduction (15%
of content, 10% of tone, 10% of pronunciation and 10% of grammar), and
10% of creativity (such as costume, performance and self-composition).
The winners received awards on May 16, the last day of the competition.
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