Japanese triumph for Hatfield students

The University of Hertfordshire

The University of Hertfordshire - Credit: Archant

A team of students at Hatfield’s University of Hertfordshire impressed judges with their fluency in Japanese at a national speaking competition.

Marina Junaram, who is studying English literature, and business students Bidhya Gurung and Seema Gurung won in the Folk Culture category

at the Japanese Speech Contest 2017.

They each gave ten-minute talks their native countries’ traditional festivals in a contest organised by The Japan Foundation and The British Association for Teaching Japanese at King’s College, London.

Bidhya Gurung said: ‘We decided to enter the competition without any expectations of getting selected. The experience itself was very new and exciting and plus we gained new friends along the way. Watching other candidates’ performances motivated us to learn more Japanese as they worked extremely hard and excelled in their speech.”