KYLEE Kotula is “super pumped” to take on the world in the 10th annual global Chinese Language Bridge Competition (Hanyu Qiao).
The Year 10 Methodist Ladies’ College student flies to Yunnan, China in October to represent Australia, after winning the recent regional finals.
Striving to bridge the gap between China and the world, the contest has three components: oral speech, cultural performance, in which Kylee will play the Guzheng (Chinese zither), and a general knowledge written assessment.
“I started learning Chinese in Year 3 and over the years I’ve liked it more and more,” Kylee said.
“I find it really interesting how it is completely different from English as in it has characters instead of letters.
“Also, there is a massive relationship with China so it’s really good to know the language and I think it would be really cool at some point in my life to be a Chinese diplomat.”
Last year, more than 200 students from 89 countries competed in the international competition.
“I’m nervous because everyone is going to be really good at Chinese so I’m trying to improve my Chinese a lot before I go,” Kylee said.
“I have a Chinese dictionary at home which I’m going through and I’m trying to take in more of the language by watching Chinese TV shows.
“I don’t fully understand what they are saying but I’ll get there, hopefully.”
The competition runs from October 13-29.