Speaking of Chinese culture
用英文讲述中国传统文化
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BY wangxingwei from 21st Century
Published 2017-04-05

导读:在今年第15届中国日报社“21世纪·新东方杯”全国中小学生英语演讲比赛的赛场上,一群初中生尝试用英文,讲述他们引以为傲的中国传统文化。

You may learn about traditional Chinese culture at school. But can you introduce them in English? Last month, a group of students did just that.
你或许会在学校里学习中国传统文化。但你会用英语介绍它们吗?上个月,有一群学生做到了。

From March 24 to 26, a big speech competition took place in Nanjing. It was the 15th China Daily “21st Century·New Oriental Cup” National High School and Primary School English Speaking Competition (第15届中国日报社“21世纪·新东方杯”全国中小学生英语演讲比赛).
3月24日-26日,一场大型演讲比赛——第15届中国日报社“21世纪·新东方杯”全国中小学生英语演讲比赛——于南京举行。

Sixty-two finalists competed in the junior group this year. Many of them talked about traditional Chinese culture.
今年初中组共有62名入围决赛的选手同台竞技。他们当中许多人都谈到了中国传统文化。

The topic of the semi-final (半决赛) was The Best Gift We Can Give Others Is ... The first runner-up (亚军) Li Lianru is a 13-year-old girl from Beijing. She said in her speech that “the heart of an infant (赤子之心)” was the best gift. These words come from Mencius (孟子). It means we should listen to our heart when facing the outside world.
比赛半决赛的主题为“我们能给予他人最好的礼物是……”亚军选手、13岁的北京姑娘李莲如,在她的演讲中说道,“赤子之心”是最好的礼物。这个词由孟子提出,意思是面对外部世界,我们应当听从自己的内心。

What the champion spoke about
冠军都说了些什么?

Wen Xinrui, a 15-year-old girl from Shanghai, is the grand champion. She shared her experience of learning Chinese brush painting. The topic of the final was The Most Beautiful Verb in the World Is ... Wen’s answer was “learn”. That’s because in painting hills and rivers, she tried to combine (结合) Chinese traditional ways with Western ones. The result was great and she found learning to be such a beautiful thing.
来自上海的15岁女孩文欣蕊是本次比赛的初中组冠军 。她分享了自己学习国画的经历。决赛的题目是“世界上最美的动词是……”。而文欣蕊的答案则是“学习”。因为在描绘山水时,她尝试着将中国传统画法和西式画法结合起来。这样的画法取得了很棒的效果,而她也发现学习是件很美的事。

The judges (评委) were also happy about this. “Chinese students should be proud of our own culture,” said Wu Minsu, Professor from Communication University of China. “I hope they will tell more people across the world about stories of China through their great English.
评委对此也感到十分欣喜。“中国学生应当为我们自己的文化而感到自豪,”中国传媒大学教授吴敏苏表示。“我希望他们能用自己出色的英文,向世界各地的人们讲述中国故事。”

(Translator & Editor: Wang Xingwei AND Luo Sitian)
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