2017 Chinese Speech Competition

2017 Chinese Speech Competition and Character-bee Online Registration Form
Hosted by the Confucius Institute at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln

In order to stimulate enthusiasm and interest for learning Chinese and to provide learners of Chinese in the state of Nebraska an opportunity to use the language,  the Confucius Institute at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will hold a Chinese Speech Competition open to all non-native learners of Chinese of all ages. This year there will be two competitions. In addition to the regular competition this year, we will also allow video submissions in a virtual competition in order to encourage participation across the state. Video submissions will be judged separately from the regular competition held on November 18, 1:00 PM at UNL, but will be evaluated at the regular competition. If you are interested, please read the rules below to see if you are eligible, how to register, and the rules of the contests.


Contestants must be:
1)  Non-heritage learners of Chinese in kindergarten/elementary, middle and high schools, college or others;
2)  Eligible students can participate in either the Regular competition or the virtual competition.
3)  People born in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao or Taiwan are not eligible to participate in the formal competition (See the note below) except ethnically Chinese children adopted by non-Chinese speaking families.

Registration and Submission

Registration for the regular competition is from October 16 to November 10, 2017. Registration is done online .

Video submissions for the online virtual competition can be done on the online registration form below. Submissions for the virtual competition must include at least one video uploaded onto the form as your entry.

If you have questions or need assistances, please contact Pamela Snyder.
Phone: (402)472-5370
E-mail: psnyder2@unl.edu

 Speech Competitions

There will be two competitions held in conjunction this year: an  online virtual competition  and a regular competition held at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.

 The regular competition will be held on November 18, 2017 1:00 PM at the Ubuntu and Unity Rooms in the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. All contestants are required to attend and participate in-person for consideration . If you are unable to attend, then you may participate in the virtual competition.

 Contestants in the virtual competition will have to submit a recorded video of their speech  online by November 10, 2017. Please make sure that the audio quality is clear. Video submissions with unclear audio will be disqualified. The top three submissions will be shown at the regular competition for judgement. By submitting a video for consideration, contestants agree to have their submission screened publically at the regular competition held on November 18, 2017.


New this year is the Chinese Character-Bee. The chracter-bee will test student's recognition and ability to write Chinese chracters. The character-bee will be held immediately after the speech compeition on November 18, 2017 at the Ubuntu and Unity Rooms in the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. The Character-bee will have two competitions which will be awarded seperately: recognition and writing.

Character Recognition:

In the character recognition portion of the character-bee, students will be shown a Chinese character. Contestants must correctly pronounce (with tone) the character and identify its equivalent English meaning(s). Characters will increase with difficulty each round. One incorrect answer, will lead to elimination. Contestant continues until one contestant remains in a round.

Character Writing:

In the character writing portion of the character-bee, contestants will be read a Chinese character and its equivalent meaning in English. Contestants may ask for an example of it used in a sentence or compound-word. Students will then have to write the character on a white-board. Characters will increase with complexity each round. Incorrect strokes or marks will lead to elimination. Contestant continues until one contestant remains in a round.

NOTE: All characters will be in simplified characters. Answers should also be given in simplified.


 In the interest of fairness, contestants will be divided into 3 groups according to their age and background for both the regular and virtual competitions.

A. Kindergarten/Elementary group

B.  Middle/High school students group

C.  Adult/College/Graduate students group



NOTE: If the number of registered contestants in a group is less than three, this group will be combined with another group.


Each contestant will present a 3-5 minutes prepared speech in Chinese followed by answering 2 questions from the judges. Each contestant may choose one of the following topics for his/her speech according to their age group.

Speech topic for Group A

Speech topic for Group B-C

Tell us about your best friend



   Tell us about your favorite Chinese movie, novel, or piece of art



Scores will be given after each contestant finishes his/her recitation/speech by 5 judges who are Chinese language instructors and/or native Chinese speakers. Contestants will be judged on the following categories: pronunciation, grammar, fluency, relevance of content, and presentation.


All contestants will be awarded a certificate and a souvenir. All winners will be awarded a coupon for waiving one HSK exam fee held this fall or next spring. The top three contestants in the speech contest for both the virtual and regular competitions will receive cash awards as listed below:

Group A Speech/Character-bee

Group B and C Speech

  •  1st Place Prize - $50
  • 2nd Place Prizes - $30 each
  • 3rd Place Prizes - $15 each
  • 1st Place Prize - $100
  • 2nd Place Prizes - $60 each
  • 3rd Place Prizes - $30 each


 Speech Performance for Native Chinese Speakers

     If you were born in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao or Taiwan, and have some background in the Chinese language, you are  welcome to participate in our Speech Performance (表演赛) by choosing any topic above. You can register by following the directions above.  All contestants will be awarded a certificate and a souvenir. 

Important Deadlines:
Regular Competition Registration: November 10, 2017

Virtual Competition Registration and Submission: November 10, 2017
Competition Date and Time: November 18, 2017

To register online, please fill out the form below:

Enter in either pinyin or characters. If no Chinese name, you may leave it blank.
Contestants born in the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, or Macao are not eligible to participate in the competition unless they were adopted into a non-Chinese speaking family in the US.
All contestants under 18 years of age must have a parent or guardian fill in this form and must have parental consent.
Regular Competitions
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Please upload your video submission for the competition. We recommend using these Handbrake presets in order to optimize your video. Please be sure to make sure the audio quality of the video is clear enough to be heard by judges. Unclear audio will disqualify contestants from consideration.
Files must be less than 500 MB.
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