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Reply #77 - For seneca - Speech Contests
Those contestants were all fluent Madarin Chinese speakers. No question about it. And you know how many people speak Mandarin Chinese (and Cantonese, which has the same syntax and and culture root as Mandarin Chinese) across the South East Asian region.|
That pannel of judges awarded points regarding logical reasoning, strengths of arguments, examples cited, persuasiveness, team work, resourcefulness, speech manners, and so on.
And that was a debate type of speech contest. Not a "recitation" contest.
Many English speaking foreigners and teachers tend to judge their Chinese students or counterparts in terms of their English verbal language skills only in workplace or classrooms. They conveniently forget that when their Chinese students hold an English language speech contest, the students can only depend primarily on rehearsals prior to the contest, and their non native language speech is significantly restricted by their limited vacabulary, limited cultural background understanding, limited listening comprehension in the area of English as a whole. No wonder these native English speakers are prone to judge their Chinese students as "dumb", "unresponsive", "unspontaneous", "unimaginative", etc.
They should really go to speech contests (debate type) held in the Chinese language and appreciate how lively and smart the speakers are. Of course, those English speakers will find themselves somehow "dumb" this time.