Chinese language proficiency competition held in Iran's capital

  • World
  • Tuesday, 11 Jun 2024

TEHRAN, June 10 (Xinhua) -- The final round of the "Chinese Bridge" language proficiency competition for Iranian college students was held in Iran's capital Tehran on Monday, with two students receiving the first and second prizes.

Sixteen college students from across Iran rivaled in the final race held at Allameh Tabataba'i University (ATU) in Tehran and participated in a speech contest, followed by a talent show with options from skits, singing, and drawing to tongue twisters.

The first prize went to Mahtab Montazeri Hedesh, a senior at the University of Tehran, and the second prize to Fatemeh Baratian, a sophomore at the University of Tehran. The competition was concluded in an awarding ceremony.

Chinese Ambassador to Iran Cong Peiwu, ATU's president Abdollah Motamedi, and some professors and students attended the event.

In his speech, Cong praised the participants of the competition for their language proficiency, talents and interest in Chinese.

He said the "Chinese Bridge" contest had developed from a language contest to a "well-known" event for cultural exchanges and has nurtured friendship between China and other countries, ascribing the contest's thriving to everybody's "enthusiastic support and active presence."

He welcomed language learners to explore China's "vast and deep history and culture" through the Chinese language.

Speaking to Xinhua on the sidelines of the ceremony, the second prize winner Baratian, said "we will work harder to learn the Chinese language and make our own contributions to the development of various areas of the Chinese and Iranian cultures."

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