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Speech contest to test foreigners’ Korean skills

The Institute of International Education at Kyunghee University will host the 15th World Korean Language Speech Contest for foreigners on May 17. Topics this year include “My Favorite K-pop Music” and “Personal Experience with Korean Culture.”

The 20 contestants who passed the preliminary round of competition will compete against each other at the event, and 11 of them will be selected for prize money and a certificate.

The top orator of the event will receive 1.2 million won ($1,055) in prize money.

“We expect this event will foster more interest in Korean culture and especially K-pop, as it has become popular recently among foreigners,” said Kim Joong-seob, head of Kyunghee University’s Institute of International Education. “We hope to hear many interesting opinions and personal episodes from the contestants. This is more than simply a speech competition. It is an opportunity to communicate with foreigners interested in Korea.”

The competition was initiated in 1998 to commemorate the 600th anniversary of the birth of King Sejong, who created hangul, the Korean alphabet.

The event will start at 2 p.m. on May 17 at the university’s Crown Building. For more information, visit www.speechinkorean.iie.ac.kr.

By Kwon Sang-soo [sakwon80@joongang.co.kr]
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