2022 ACT Japanese Speech Contest: Winning Entries

1st September 2022

In its 52nd year, this contest once again aimed to encourage Senior Secondary & Tertiary Japanese language learners to showcase their language skills in a challenging context.

The ANU, in association with the Japan Foundation, hosted the annual ACT Japanese Language Speech Contest again, which was held online on 27 August.

We're thrilled to announce the winners of this amazing contest, which saw a great turnout of contestants, each presenting a diverse, unique and interesting speech reflecting their experiences and perspectives.

Congratulations to each and every one of you for your efforts and contribution to Japanese language learning!

And now for the winners...

High School Division

1st Prize: Jazmine Lee, Year 12, Narrabundah College 2nd Prize: Nicholas Mesics, Year 12, Marist College 3rd Prize: Kailani Foster, Year 11, Narrabundah College

Open Division

1st Prize: Erin Garrard, Canberra Institution of Technology 2nd Prize: Kwan To Wan, The Australian National University 3rd Prize: Maggie Zhao, The Australian National University

Here's what our judges had to say about the speeches and the contest in general:

The calibre of all contestants was pleasingly high this year. The first place getters were particularly impressive in the depth of their understanding of the topics, their grasp of the appropriate vocabulary, and the fluency of their pronunciation.

What made them really stand out, however, was that their speeches appeared to be effortless, natural and relevant. I did not feel that I was listening to a student give a "speech". In both cases, I was enjoying the company of a thoughtful and insightful young person who was talking to me about a topic, which—until that very moment—I had not realised was just the thing I wanted to hear about.

- Dr Peter Hendriks, ANU Dean of Students (Acting)

Jazmine Lee, who talked about Living with a peanut allergy, delivered a great speech. The contents of speech were based on Jazmine's own experiences on peanut allergy, and thus, captured the interest of the audience. Jazmine used a variety of Japanese expressions, and her speech was easy to understand and her pronunciation, impressive.

The Open division winner Erin Garrard's speech was titled 'The power of a _seiyuu'. Erin's speech was very creative and passionate. By introducing some examples, Erin claimed that seiyuu (voice actor) is a very valuable job. Erin used both formal and casual styles of Japanese, which was effective. The speech was delivered fluently and appealed to the audience._

- Dr. Toshiyuki Nakamura, Lecturer, ANU School of Culture, History, & Language

Congratulations to all the winners, and good luck to the first prize winners for the nationals!

See you all again for the next Japanese Speech Contest!

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