thirty college students across the country attended the tenth 21st century
cup national english speaking contest in beijing on april 10. eventually, xia
peng, from nanjing university was named the champion. the second and third
places went to zhang jing, a sophomore from china foreign affairs university,
and zhang a xu, from hong kong polytechnic university, respectively. more than
1000 college students in beijing are lucky birds to listen to the speeches on
the spot in friendship hotel.
just make to it the finals, they had to get past 60 others speaking on “the
impact of globalization on traditional chinese values”. that was at the
semi-final on april 8-9. what will chinese college students think about the
impact? each contestant had his own take on the subject. xia summed up
globalization by saying: “it’s just controversial and hard to say whether it is
good or bad.” xia took the old wall of his city, nanjing, as a metaphor. he
spoke about the conflict over whether to protect the old walls or tear them down
to represent the conflict of ideas. he suggested that people protect the wall as
a valuable relic while tearing down the “intangible walls” of their minds that
prevent communication. while some other students are more focusing on the impact
of globalization on family relations, attitudes towards love, and
over the past 10 years, the national english speaking competition has given
contestants a chance to speak on a variety of topics closely related to their
lives. chinese students become more open-minded and receive various ideas and
thinking over the decade. diversity becomes more obvious on campus, students
have more opportunities to express and show themselves. it’s not an easy task
for the contestants to win through the fierce competition. owning to their
passion, hard work and persistence, they finally succeeded in the contest.
liu xin, the first champion of the national contest, is now an anchorperson
of cctv-9. recalling the passion of study on campus, she said: “when you want to
express your idea by a foreign language without finding a right way, you’re
really upset. then you have to encourage yourself, and after a long term of
bitterness, suddenly you find you get the right way with joy.” with the champion
title in 21st century cup, liu attended the international public speaking
competition in london in may 1996 afterward and got the first prize
historically.the winner in __ surprised the audience, since she came from
accounting major instead of english major. gu qiubei, then 22 years old, was a
senior in shanghai foreign studies university. while being asked whether she had
some good methods to learn english, she said: “learn english with passion and
enthusiasm.” attracted by the greatness of english language, gu even changed her
major from accounting to english in her postgraduate study. the most important
issue in english learning process she pointed out is personal interests. only
people interested in english benefit a lot from the learning methods and those
with passion will finally achieve their dreams.
when chief of global media giant viacom sumner redstone gave a speech in
tsinghua university on his autobiography a passion to win, he was asked what
made him to restart his career at the age of 60, the 81-year-old media tycoon
said: “firstly, there’s a self-driving force in my deep heart, which keeps my
passion to succeed and surpass others; secondly, i don’t think i’m too old to
leave work, actually i love my work very much.”
some of the contestants have achieved their dreams as redstone; still
others are on the way to their dream. with a passion to win, you will overcome
obstacles and succeed at the end.
i’m studying in a city that’s famous for its walls. people who visit my
city are amazed at the imposing sight of its walls, especially when silhouetted
against the setting sun with gold, shining streaks. the old, cracked bricks are
covered with lichens and the walls are weather-beaten guards standing still for
our ancestors liked to build walls. they built walls in beijing, xi’an,
nanjing and many other cities, and they built the great wall, which snakes
across half our country. they built walls to protect against enemies and evil
spirits. this tradition has survived to this day: we still have many parks and
schools walled off from the public.
for a long time, walls were one of the most natural things in the world to
my perceptions, however, changed after i made a hiking trip to the eastern
suburbs of my city. my classmates and i were walking with some foreign students.
as we walked out of the city, we found ourselves flanked by tall trees, which
formed a wide canopy above our heads. suddenly one foreign student asked me,
“where is the entrance to the eastern suburbs?”
“we’re already in the eastern suburbs,” i replied. he seemed taken aback,
“i thought you chinese had walls for everything.” his remark set off a heated
debate. at one point, he likened our walled cities to “jails”, while i insisted
that the eastern suburbs were one of the many places in china that had no
walls.that debate had no winners, but i did learn a lot from this student. for
instance, he told me that some major universities like oxford and cambridge were
not surrounded by walls. i have to admit that we do have many walls in china,
and as we develop our country, we must look carefully at them and decide whether
they are physical or intangible. we will keep some walls but tear down those
that impede our development.
let me give another example.
a year ago, when i was working on a term paper, i needed a book on business
law and found a copy in the law school library. however, the librarian coldly
rejected my request to borrow it, saying, “you can’t borrow this book, you’re
not a student here.” in the end, i had to spend 200 yuan to buy a copy.
meanwhile, the copy in the law school gathered dust on the shelf.
at the beginning of this semester, i heard that my university had started
to think of unifying its libraries and linking them to libraries at other
universities, so my experience wouldn’t be repeated. barriers would be replaced
by bridges. an inter-library loan system would give us access to books from any
library. with globalization and china integrated into the world, i believe many
of these intangible walls will be knocked down.
i know that globalization is a controversial issue, and it is hard to say
whether it is good or bad. but one thing is for sure: it draws our attention to
china’s tangible and intangible walls and forces us to examine their role in the
and how about the ancient walls of mine and other cities? should we tear
them down? definitely not. my city, like beijing and other cities, is actually
making a great effort to preserve the walls. these walls attract historians,
archaeologists, and many schoolchildren who are trying to study our history and
cultural heritage. walls have become bridges to our past and to the rest of the
world. if the ancient builders of these walls were still alive today, they would
be proud to see such great changes in the role of their walls. they are now
bridges that link east and west, south and north, and all countries of the
world. our cultural heritage will survive globalization.
today i am very glad to be here to share with you my ideas of success. what
is success? it is what everyone is longing for.sometimes success would be rather
simple. winning a game is success; getting a high grade in the exam is success;
making a new friend is success; even now i am standing here giving my speech is
somehow also success.
however, as a person’s whole life is concerned, success becomes very
complicated. is fortune success? is fame success? is high social status
success? no, i don’t think so. i believe success is the realization of people’s
hopes and ideals.nowadays, in the modern society there are many people who are
regarded as the successful. and the most obvious characteristics of hem are
money, high position and luxurious life. so most people believe that s success
and all that they do is for this purpose. but the problem is wether it is real
success. we all know there are always more money, higher position and better
condition in front of us. if we keep chasing them, where is the end? what will
satisfy us at last? therefore, we can see, to get the real success we must need
something inside, which is the realization of people’ hopes and ideals.
different people have different ideas about success; cause people’s hopes
and ideas vary from one another. but i am sure every success is dear to
everybody, cause it is not easy to come by, cause in the process of our striving
for success, we got both our body and soul tempted, meanwhile we are enlightened
by the most valuable qualities of human beings: love, patient, courage and sense
of responsibility. these are the best treasures. so now i am very proud that i
have this opportunity to stand here speaking to all of you. it is my success,
cause i raise up to challenge my hope.
what is success? everyone has his own interpretation as i do. but i am sure
every success leads to an ever-brighter future. so ladies and gentlemen, believe
in our hopes, believe in ourselves, we, every one of us, can make a successful
wish you all good success
Youth Day (青年节) in the People's Republic of China is on May 4. It was
established in December 1949 by the Government Administration Council to
commemorate the beginning of the May Fourth Movement in 1919. This day is known
May Fourth Movement
Chinese intellectual revolution and sociopolitical reform movement (1917 –
21)。 In 1915 young intellectuals inspired by Chen Duxiu began agitating for the
reform and strengthening of Chinese society through acceptance of Western
science, democracy, and schools of thought, one objective being to make China
strong enough to resist Western imperialism. On May 4, 1919, reformist zeal
found focus in a protest by Beijing's students against the Versailles Peace
Conference's decision to transfer former German concessions in China to Japan.
After more than a month of demonstrations, strikes, and boycotts of Japanese
goods, the government gave way and refused to sign the peace treaty with
Germany. The movement spurred the successful reorganization of the Nationalist
Party and gave birth to the Chinese Communist Party. See also Treaty of
in addition to other life choices, and many give up. but a lot of life to
give up in order to better choices. you this time, the face of the university
are beckoning to you, you can choose not to give up. can also say: you give up a
life is not long, but many times choose, you have many choices come through
today. wait more than 60 days, you in turn to make a choice, but the choice is
your life is very important, very crucial choice. the choice to a large extent
directly related to your future direction in life, whether related to the future
glory of life, and even the success of the big problems of life.
the last choice, because your young, largely by your parents or relatives
to help you to make choices. then the choice of their ability to help so you can
create conditions to help you (for example, taking your difference, they can
give you the money you read choosing health). entrance options, but this largely
depends on yourself decide the. because: first, the difficulty of the selection
bigger, some parents and relatives also lack guidance capability; second is the
choice of policy, a more equitable, they may have money, but you also can not
score enough money to help you. so many choices in this and future autonomy of
the major is in your own hands. from joozone.com.
select certain subjective and objective conditions. the university entrance
exam already created the objective conditions of choice. for example, the
university has long been the face of the door here open for each student, you
can enter with their conditions. another example is that the state's admission
policy is not directed against an individual, but against all the candidates
this year, has been formed, you can only prepare the conditions required by
policy to choose. another example: you face the teachers and the teaching
environment of objective factors in the last more than 60 days are basically
constant. you can only adjust themselves to the further adaptation. therefore,
the objective conditions of your current studies, as if we can only face each
generation has been formed as the productivity of conditions, can only be
subjective on this basis up efforts to promote the development of the existing
productive forces, not to complain about now have low productivity. this year's
college entrance examination, you can only have been formed by the face of these
subjective and objective conditions to efforts to improve their academic
performance. not to complain about the objective conditions than me. in addition
to other life choices, and many give up. but a lot of life to give up in order
to better choices. you this time, the face of the university are beckoning to
you, you can choose not to give up. can also say: you give up a lot in the past,
that is, to this choice. example, why did not you work outside the home? why not
stay at home farming? why seeing your parents morning to evening, busy doing
farming work, and even sick exertion in the field, and you share those concerns
did not go home for their problem-solving, can you give up so they are not all
for this time of choice?
both gave up so much, they chose today, why not try to choose tomorrow?
beckon you do not choose to have this as another of the universities? there is
the further purification of your soul, raise your quality, and increase your
survivability, and improve your quality of life in the future to achieve greater
value of life your furnace.(diyifanwen.com)
Every one has his own dream.When I was a little kid ，my dream was even to
have a candy shop of my own .But now ，when I am 16 years old ，standing here ，my
dreams have already changed a lot.
I have got quite different experience from other girls.While they were
playing toys at home，while they were dreaming to be the princesses in the story
.I was running in the hard rain，jumping in the heavy snow，pitching in the strong
wind.Nothing could stop me ，because of a wonderful call from my heart — to be
an athlete.Yeah ，of course ，I'm an athlete，I'm so proud of that all the time
When I was 10 years old ，I became a shot-put athlete.The training was
really hard ，I couldn't bear the heavy shot in my hands .But I always believe
that god only help those who help themselves.During those hard days，I find I was
growing more quickly than others of the same age.To be an athlete is my most
correct choice.But，I quit my team after entering high school because of a silly
excuse.I really didn't want to stop my sports career anyway.
Today I say to you my friends that even though I must face the difficulties
of yesterday ，today and tomorrow .I still have a dream .It is a dream deeply
rooted in my soul.
I have a dream that one day ，I can run，jump and pitch just like I used to
I have a dream that one day ， I can go back to my dream sports and join the
I have a dream that one day ，I can stand on the highest place at the
olympic games.With all the cameras pointing at me.I will tell everyone that I'm
so proud to be a Chinese athlete!
This is my hope .This is the faith that I continue my steps with!!!
With this faith ，I will live though the strong wind and heavy rain ，never
give up !
So let victory ring from my heart，from all of you.When we allow victory to
ring .I must be the one!
In my imagination，I'm a bird ，a magical bird.I carry my dreams all with me
by my big wings. I fly though the mountains ，though the forests ，over the sea，to
the sun ，the warmest place in the aerospace!
Every night ，I have a dream ，I see a girl —smiling