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心怀世界,开拓视野——“21世纪·VIPKID”杯高中组冠军孙仲文的英语学习之道

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04-10


激情、张力,一招一式,尽显公众演讲的力度。

顺畅、自信,一言一语,皆为自我的风采与性格的闪光。

来自香港圣保罗男女中学的孙仲文

第十七届“21世纪·VIPKID”杯中学生英语演讲大会全国总决选高中组选手中,脱颖而出,获得冠军

而他与“21世纪杯和语言学习的故事,也同样精彩。


演讲:思维与表达碰撞出的火花

孙仲文自称自己是英语演讲与辩论比赛的老手了,然而,第一次来到内地参加“21世纪杯”的他在观看完半决选第一天选手们的表现后却感觉压力骤升。“选手们的英语水平和语言程度与native speaker不相上下,他们的演讲题材新颖,观点独到,让我印象深刻。我也在他们身上获取了一些演讲的习惯和灵感,帮助我在总决选的前一天晚上对稿子进行最后一次润色。”

 

仲文童鞋回忆说,自己半决选“my understanding on responsibility”的稿子因为和香港地区决选题目相同,所以只需在原先的初稿基础上与时俱进,加一些最新的热点和思路便可定稿。而在写总决选的稿子时需要应对考试,这给他带来了一定的困难。不过最终他还是找到了独特的思路,从学习历史能得到及用于实践的益处行文,完成了一篇结构鲜明,铿锵有力的演讲稿。

 

在接受小二的采访时,孙同学也表示,对中国历史的热爱与学习当然也是我们责任的一种,但除了学习中国历史,心怀世界观去探索感悟世界历史也是作为世界公民所必做的功课之一


语言:文化与社会交织的乐曲

在高中组总决选的即席演讲中,孙仲文抽到了中国语言成为世界通用语言的问题。而对于他来说,生长于多种不同文化文化碰撞交流日益明显的香港,让这一问题像是专门为他量身定制。“香港就是一个两文三语的地区,使得我们经常思考英语与汉语之间的不同,以及文化多样性对于一个世界的重要性。同时,也真的能看到随着中国的发展,语言会起到多么大的作用。”



孙仲文在总决赛中的优秀表现获得了评委的青睐。担任本次高中组评委,清华大学外文系副主任吴霞点评道:“演讲的环境由演讲者和听众共同创造。演讲中常见的一个问题就是演讲者完全以自己为中心,只讲述自己喜欢的观点和故事,不考虑听众的心理。孙仲文同学是一个以听众为中心的演讲者,他很好地把自己和听众联系起来了,形成了一个互动良好的演讲环境。他在已备演讲中谈到历史人物的“榜样”(role model)作用,在即席演讲中说到中英文可能成为两种全球性语言(two global languages),这些观点都会使在座的听众产生情绪上的共鸣。


孙仲文凭借他流利的英语和漂亮的发音让他在“21世纪杯全国决选的舞台上圈粉无数,其实他的英语学习之旅中曾有很长一段时间沉迷于有声的英文读物不能自拔,《波西杰克逊》和《哈利波特》等奇幻和科幻小说系列是他十分中意的。为完成学业并准备演讲和辩论比赛,他还会不时上网阅读英文的科学文献与社会文章,这在他看来不仅帮他夯实了语言基础,还帮助他打开了视野,在很多方面都有很大的收益


让我们一起来看看孙仲文的精彩表现吧↓↓



My Love of Learning about 

Chinese History


History is the study of the past, to improve the present, and prepare for the future. That is what inspired my love for history. But since most of you here probably know more about Chinese history than I do, I want to focus more on the lessons that we gain from it and how we apply them in daily life.

 

The first is practical benefits. By analyzing overall trends of past dynasties we’re able to learn from the past successes and avoid the mistakes made by our predecessors. For example, the Tang Dynasty ended due to its negligence of internal affairs; the Song Dynasty, on the other hand, ended due to a Mongolian invasion. From this we can see the importance of striking a balance between military strength and societal wellbeing. That’s why lessons from history can help guide current politics. That’s how the latest One Belt One Road Initiative was inspired by the traditional Silk Road.

 

The second is role models in history. In today’s world of tons of pop-stars and actors and gossip columns airing all of their dirty laundry, it’s hard to find a proper role model. But yet there are always those in history whose names are still respected even after decades, because of their strong character and positive influence on society. One such examples is Mr.Sun Yat-Sen, who as we all know is considered as the founding father of modern day China and also praised for he’s perseverance and determination; or the icon of filial piety and loyalty, who fought diligently for his country also never forgetting his roots.

 

The third is cultural identity. China is one of the world’s foremost ancient civilizations with a history, written history dating back to more than three thousand years. China has a very rich culture, especially with all the hardships and obstacles that we as Chinese have had to go through, we’ve still managed to come out of it. It’s stronger and tougher than ever before, especially with China’s long-lasting impact in the world, with inventions ranging from gunpowder to the compass, China will continue to do so in the future. And that’s why it’s so important to us to learn about our history, to remind ourselves of whom we are and the morals and achievements that our ancestors left behind for us.

 

However, we still need to take our history with a grain of thought; although there’s popular saying history repeats itself. In today’s world, with technology every improving, we need to take matters into our own hands, because nothing is ever set in stone. It is crucial for us, the keys to the future, to be creative and adaptive for society to progress. That’s why maybe in just ten, fifteen years, kids just like you and I will be talking about how we created history.



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