Five talented students emerged as the most fluent Japanese speakers during last weekend’s 22nd Japanese Speech Contest at the Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center. A total of 56 contestants from different cities and provinces battled for the prize.
The competition, held annually, provides opportunities to young Cambodians studying Japanese language to show off their knowledge and skills and to help strengthen the bilateral relationship between Cambodia and Japan. All the contestants were given the chance to speak out their minds on topics related to culture, tradition and lifestyle.
The competition was divided to two categories. The first category was designed for those who have visited Japan and the second was for those who have never been to the East Asian country.
HE Horinouchi Hidehisa, the Japanese ambassador to Cambodia, said that the Japanese investment in Cambodia has been increasing, as well as the number of Japanese citizens visiting and staying in Cambodia. He also noted the significant increase of schools offering Japanese language classes.
The ambassador expressed his hope that within the new era that started on May 1, many more young Cambodians will be able to learn about Japanese culture and speak the language fluently.
Director of CJCC, Dr. Khim Leang, said, “I would like to encourage all students to study both vocational skills and foreign languages, especially the Japanese language. There’s an increase in Japanese investment in the Kingdom, which means that the chance to get better jobs is also increasing”.
Winners of the first category:
1. Phang Vimeanbopha from Nagoya University in Japan – “Thank you for your broken promise”
2. Ouk Sodavann from Nagoya University in Japan – “Overcome the copycat habit”;
3. Chhang Sodalinh from the Royal University of Phnom Penh – “Cambodia parents’ mindset”
Winners of the second category:
1. Chheam Songrin from the Cambodia Institute of Japanese Technology – “Thankful of Japanese people”
2. Neang Channith from the Royal University of Phnom Penh – “Home without a roof”.