Korean Speech Contest Results
It has been a while since my last post and for that I apologize. I just got completely swamped with assignments from college followed by being sick for a while. It was not a good time. Nonetheless it is time to share what came of my Korean Speech Contest participation. Some of my readers approached me wondering what happened. So, it is time to share the Korean Speech Contest results.
Great Efforts; No Winning
As you might have noticed, I have been preparing the speech for the Korean Speech contest a lot. However, it has one fatal flaw: its length. The rules of the Korean speech contest was that a contestant could not talk for longer than 3 minutes. My text, however, couldn’t be finished under 5 minutes! Whoops!These kind of contests aren’t about the destination, but the journey. Don’t focus on winning, but what you experience during preparing for them.
As you can imagined at the last-minute I had to heavily modify and alter the text which squeezed out a lot of time I could have used to practice delivering the speech. So it won’t come as a surprise to anyone when I tell I didn’t do so great. While my pumped up nerves certainly played their part, the decreased confidence due to a lack of practice made my performance quite lacking. Thus I did not make the top three.
I’m not sad, however. While it may have been great if I had made it to the top three, I’m nonetheless of the things I gained through participating in the Korean speech contest. My vocabulary and grammar knowledge got a boost and I got to see what areas where I definitely need to improve upon. I think these kind of contests aren’t about the destination, but the journey. Anyone who plans to take part in something similar: Please keep that in mind.
Videos And The News
The Korean Cultural Center shared a little promotional video and I thought it would be nice to share it
However, that isn’t the only place where the Korean Speech contest in Brussels was show off. It even reached Korean television as it was reported on by Yonhap News. Yonhap News (연합 뉴스) reported it on their news website [KR] and during their news broadcast on television [KR].
Where To Now?
Of course, now that the Korean Speech Contest is over, it is time to consider where to go now. One of the major issues I struggled with was proper Korean pronunciation. Korean pronunciation is riddled with rules and it is time I spent a lot more time mastering them. Furthermore I truly need to spend a lot more time practicing my speaking and listening Korean skills. So I’m planning to watch a lot more Korean television. Any good K-dramas you can recommend?
Since goal driven studying works for me, I need a new goal now that the Korean Speech Contest is over. Luckily, I already have an idea. I think it is time I got some accreditation for all the work I’ve sunk into learning Korean. It is time to enter the TOPIK examination and gain some official recognition. I haven’t settled on a date yet, but I’ll probably end up participating after the Summer.