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一声再见,万千新篇——“一带一路”青少年英语演讲比赛亚军陈麒羽的“退役感言”

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04-27

如果你对英语演讲有些许关注

你一定知道她的名字

她是第二十二届中国日报社

“21世纪·可口可乐杯”全国英语演讲比赛

大学组全国总冠军,

曾代表南京外国语学校和清华大学

夺下无数英语比赛桂冠,

这一次,陈麒羽代表中国

站上了杭州国际博览中心的舞台,

夺得“一带一路”青少年英语演讲比赛

暨中国日报社“21世纪杯“

国际英语演讲比赛亚军。

同时,也给她自己的演讲征战生涯

画上了句号。



演讲生涯结束
可绝不止步于此


2019年324日下午,杭州国际博览中心座无虚席。“一带一路”青少年英语演讲比赛暨中国日报社“21世纪杯“国际英语演讲比赛总决赛中,来自中国的决赛选手陈麒羽第一个出场。她最终获得亚军,并用优秀的表现打动了在场的所有人,这其中也包括她的同校师弟,本届“21世纪杯”大学组冠军。他表示,看完陈麒羽学姐行云流水的即席演讲和答题,感觉到自己只不过是一个很喜欢读英语书和讲英式段子的木讷的物理学生。

 

对于从小参加英语演讲比赛至今的陈麒羽来说,此次比赛的抽题,登台,回答问题的种种早已是驾轻就熟。可是,对于马上要从清华大学毕业的她来说,“一带一路”青少年英语演讲比赛暨中国日报社“21世纪杯“国际英语演讲比赛也许可以算得上一个重要的里程碑。



在本次比赛的小组赛中,陈麒羽便在已备演讲环节发表了她的退役演讲,表示将以这次舞台为自己演讲比赛生涯的最后一站。而当时台下的提问评委,同是来自清华大学的许吉如对此进一步发问,陈麒羽表示,表达的道路不会终止,这次比赛虽会是演讲选手身份的终结,但同时,未来她也希望可以以大学老师的身份继续表达,继续沟通,继续传递,继续演讲。

 

而谈及原因,她表示演讲比赛背后更重要的是知识的积累。“舞台上的几分钟以后可能给你带来各种鲜花、掌声、新闻、登报和各种浮躁的东西,可是在内心深处我仍然有一种无力感,那就是在舞台上的三分钟,讲的是是一个博士论文可能都写不清楚的题目。所以我不希望就此止步,我也希望大家不要以比赛的结束作为终点。




演讲之道
绝不应该有定式


若将陈麒羽在2017年和2019年两次“21世纪杯”的比赛视频做一比较,会发现这次她更加安静,更加柔和。她表示,两次比赛时的心态不太一样,但speaking和speaker的style从来没有最佳范本。


“我绝对不会说哪一种特定的语速、哪一种特定的语音、哪一种特定的语调是最好的。这个其实是我最不看重的,我非常看重的是演讲的内容,内容和真诚度是我比较看重的。但是我很想传达的一点,speaker,尤其是演讲舞台的speaker因为面对很多人讲话,其实被赋予了一个很高的authority。那带着这种authority讲话的人就需要有责任感。所以更需要speaker去考虑到你说的话,传达 信息出来的效果,或者换言之就是后果。所以我觉得,有时候为speaker这件事情看起来是荣誉,但是也是一种责任,而且还也给人带来压力。



对于演讲训练和培训,陈麒羽表示:“我个人希望看到的是演讲、批判思辨教育,以及读写能力的教育,三者应该是一个齐头并进的状态。演讲不应该被作为一个独立化的,甚至是产业化的,完全为了培训演讲去要培训演讲,我觉得这样其实已经有悖于演讲的初衷了。


如果我以后要带学生演讲(大言不惭地说),我很愿意大言不惭地说,我一定会非常强调reading,research,积累的过程,它可能远比你在台上那种闪亮更加重要。因为如果你不断地为了训练而训练,不断地把一个演讲稿讲来讲去,其实真的没有意义。而真的最有意义的是你构思的过程。可能有十个方案,你打碎了九个,去用第十个。你为了九个方案做了很多research,这些research到最后并没有付诸实践,看起来没用,但是你在这个过程中其实收获了很多知识,这个过程其实是最重要的。



未来关键词
我希望是快乐


回顾她的演讲生涯,陈麒羽在采访中选择了三个关键词,一是成长,对语言的内涵有了更深一步的认知,从小时候和同伴的对比到现在发掘自己的能量和学习研究外语路上真正重要的元素。同时,从外界的声音和评委的challenge中,一步步有了更强大的心理素质。


二是痛苦,一路走来会有一些波折和挣扎,对自己内在的否定,对比之下的不确定,以及台上为展现而丧失些许本真的痛苦,但同时,也是一个自我发现的过程。


三是感谢,在演讲比赛的道路上,遇到了很多形形色色的人,让她看到了生活的很多种可能性。能够遇到这么多有趣的人,让大家明白生活其实真的不仅仅是学英语、讲说英语、做演讲,更是在这些经历中去丰富自己的生命。这是非常有有意义有价值的一件事情。


而对于未来,她这样展望:


“对未来的期待,我觉得关键词就是‘快乐吧,因为我知道我未来的道路非常challenging,如果真的去决定走读博士这条道路,在这个过程中,希望能够觉得每次都有收获,能够接纳自己,跟自己和谐相处,我觉得这就是一个非常好的状态,所以希望自己不要陷入自我否定,能够知道这条路道路漫长,知道产出非常缓慢,但是同时还能够在每一点小小的积累中收获成就感、收获快乐吧。



让我们一起来看看陈麒羽收官战的精彩表现吧:



The Great Truth is Simple

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. I struggled greatly with my academic writing. There seems as there’s an endless journey before I can produce something that is being both appreciated by myself and my professors. 


I loaded my paper with fancy words, complex syntax, and surprising ideas, only to find that words were awkward, the sentences were problematic, the ideas were far-fetching. I even imitated great authors, trying to embody the sense of aesthetic beauty of their sentences. But again, my paper sounded clunky. I also offered a long list of works cited at the end of the paper, but very few of the articles I cited are really pertinent to my main argument. 



In order to improve my writing, I visited the office hour of my teaching assistant very often. Both in the inline annotations and the face-to-face paper editing, I learned that the three questions I encountered the most are: “What do you mean by saying this?” “How do you define that?” and “Could you please break down your longer sentences?” One of my TAs told me that in writing, the great truth is simple. Those beautiful words and forms are only façades; but still the most important thing of your building is your structure, logic and clarity. In the past, I never prioritized “simplicity” in my writing. It was from that day, I learned the true nature of writing and the magic of simplicity. 


What I learned from academic writing is also applicable to public speaking. Nowadays, it is unlikely for novice speakers to value simple speeches and arguments because they are so eager to impress their audience with how big they can think and how good they can orate. And they focus too much on the exterior factors – like the audience, the spotlight, the questions come from the question masters; but they lose sight of the most important thing which is  themselves, in other words – the speakers and the content of their speeches.


I think academic writing and public speaking are aimed for conveying ideas effectively. But if the great truth is hidden in a long chain of profound words and cloaked by a tapestry of rhetorical devises, how can the truth be revealed, transmitted and shared with your audience. If you want to show your great love for your mother in a speech, don’t have like a delicate description of the present you offered your mother last mother’s day. Just simply end the speech with a powerful, maybe short sentence, “mother, I love you.” It is okay for you to talk about the abstract philosophical idea in your speech. But it is also better for you to paraphrase it with your own language and possibly talk about your daily encounters of this theory. Right? It is understandable that you want to quote those great thinkers and stand on the shoulders of these giants. But it is also good for you to have your own voice. 


Last week, I was very lucky to be a teaching assistant for an English writing class in my university. Interestingly and surprisingly, the questions I left for my students were exactly the same questions I had received from my teaching assistants several years ago. “What do you mean by saying this? How do you define that? Could you please break down those long lines?” I received an English paper written in almost colloquial English language. But interestingly, that paper was written though with a plain and unadorned language was actually quite concise with clarity. I offered him a high score and commented below as : I like your lucid logic and clear structure. These two elements are the most important thing for a successful writer because the great truth is simple. Thank you! 











  小二的话:“21世纪杯”至今近廿五载的时间里,小二和你们一起见证了许多如陈麒羽同学一样优秀的你们怀雄心来到这里,又带着新的目标与希望,走下这个舞台,始终忠于信仰,走向风景更好的远方。麒羽,感激相遇。你所站立过的“21世纪杯舞台,期待你归来,倾听你那更加响亮的声音。(“21世纪杯”青年赛的舞台等你哦!)





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