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Japanese Speech Competitions

by DumbOtaku on September 26, 2009

Speech competitions may be an interesting way to practice and get some critiques of your speaking ability and a fun way to really put yourself out there and force you to grow as a speaker.

Here are some videos of people doing there speech competitions. These are all gaijin’s doing speeches.

I took a look at some of the criteria for judging for one speech contest they were.

  • Content
  • Pronunciation
  • Presentation
    • Memorization
    • Expression
    • Delivery

From various competitions I looked at around the internet it looks like most competitions are sponsored by Japanese Embassies. Being that I have never considered there to even be speech competitions for Japanese not sure if this is normal or not, but interesting non-the-less.

What was real funny is one of the applications, not all, had a waiver and mentions specifically falling and suffering severe bodily injury they are not liable. Not sure if I would want to go to that particular competition.

Looking through many competitions it also looks like most of the competitions, at least in the US, are for non-native speakers; or they have 2 categories. I think it would be better, personally, to pit up against native speakers or at the very least where parents do speak Japanese. Gives us that learn from scratch a bit more of a challenge.

Some of the awards I saw were really cool anything from $1000 cash to full year scholarship for college. Don’t remember which one, but there was one offering a job if you won and fit the other criteria. Basically the speech was the interview.

So the question now is would you ever consider doing a speech in Japanese?

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

shiirashiira September 27, 2009 at 5:52 am

I'd never really paid any attention to Japanese speech competitions until I ran across this http://bit.ly/mPYYw just recently at a local university where I'm taking an introductory course. I plan on attending as a spectator and am very curious as to how the participants will fare. Sounds pretty intriguing to me but I don't think I could ever compete like this. Too much pressure : (


percent20 September 27, 2009 at 7:42 am

I can understand that for sure especially being non-native speaker would be nerve-racking. Yeah the competitions are definitely something you don't think about, at least in my case, until you hear about it for the first time.


Beau September 28, 2009 at 1:53 pm

I've competed in two speech competitions for Japanese. Here is my speech from one in 2008, in which I placed 4th. I competed again in 2009 and got first in the city and state competitions, that video will come out sometime later this week. Recognize me?



percent20 September 28, 2009 at 6:21 pm

It was actually off of your video that I got the idea for this post. I was thinking about adding your video, but instead opted for the actual competition. I liked your topic too. Did it help your japanese a lot to do the speech competitions?


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