Entering the Korean Speech Contest
As May approaches, there were some announcement I anticipated. One is my second term examination schedule and the other is the date of the Korean speech contest. A few days ago the Korean Cultural Center in Brussels announced its 6th Korean speech contest. This April will be busier for me than it already was going to be.
6th Korean Speech Contest
So a new edition, the 6th edition to be exact, of the Korean speech contest has been announced by the Korean Cultural Center in Brussels. As the name implies, this is a contest where judges assess contestants on their Korean speaking skills. While that might sound terrifying to some, it is also a great opportunity to get some feedback. It can really help out to decide whether you need to change your study method or not.
Last year I participated and I will most likely participate again. Last year I entered as a beginner, but I believe they won’t let me register as a beginner again. Not because my speaking skills have improved so massively, but because I am attend an intermediate Korean class at Sejong Hakdang, the Korean language institute. I’m a bit unsure how I will perform, but I still feel like I ought to participate regardless.
However, registering as an intermediate contestant has consequences. Beginners are free to choose the topic of their speech themselves with the only constraint being it needs to be about Korea, Korean culture and/or the Korean language.
Intermediate contestants on the other hand do not have that luxury. Their topic has been decided upon by the the organizers. We have two options:
- 한국 문화는 [ ] 더하기, [ ] 이다. (Korean culture is  plus )
- 나에게 한국어란 [ ]는 아니고 [ ]이다. (For me Korean is not , but )
The only liberty given, is the allowance to alter the sentence structure to suit us. Yet, the speech must be in the spirit of one of these two sentences. I think I will be going for the second sentence since last time I talked more about culture.
Question for readers, if you were to participate as an intermediate contestant which one would you pick? Let me know in the comments.
Speech Edition, 5th Edition
As mentioned, I participated in the fifth edition of the speech contest as a beginner. They recorded the contest and gave us a copy, but they also have an edited video on their Facebook page.
If you happen to live in Belgium, the Korean Cultural Center and I as a contestant would love for you to either to participate as well; or to simply attend as a spectator.