Coming to a Screen Near You: The Canada National Japanese Speech Contest

Coming to a Screen Near You: The Canada National Japanese Speech Contest

The National Japanese Speech Contest in Canada was created in 1989 by the Japanese Embassy in Ottawa to promote Japanese language education across the country.1 Every year, many provinces hold their own speech contest and the 1st place winners from each of the four categories (beginner, intermediate, advanced and open) are sent to compete at the national level. This year, there are representatives from seven provinces.

The contest provides an opportunity for people to connect, test their Japanese proficiency and showcase their public speaking skills. Multiple sponsors such as the Japan Foundation and the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Toronto help to make each contest better than the last.

This year, due to COVID-19, the contest will be streamed on YouTube. It will be held on March 29, 2020 at 1:00pm (EDT). For more information about the contest, please visit the contest’s website.

¹Canadian Association for Japanese Language Education – Canada National Japanese Speech Contest

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