Teenager turning Japanese for language contest

By Mark Andrews | Bridgnorth | News | Published:

A teenager from Bridgnorth will deliver a speech in Japanese at the final of a prestigious national language competition which will be held in London.

Anya Burakowski

Anya Burakowski, 6, has won a place in the final of Nihongo Cup, a Japanese language speech competition for secondary schools in the UK.

Anya, who is a pupil at Wolverhampton Girls' High School, will deliver a 15-minute speech in Japanese about Japanese and Western Art, and how they influenced each other.

She will compete with five other finalists in the competition later this month.

The youngster, who lives in the Lodge Farm area, started studying Japanese four years ago. She said she first became interested in Japan through watching the animated films of Studio Ghibli, the Japanese equivalent of Disney, and hoped one day to visit the country.

Last year Anya's family hosted a Japanese youngster from Yokohama, who his now one of her friends.

The Nihongo Cup, which has run since 2004, is co-organised by the Japanese Language Committee of the Association for Language Learning and the Japan Foundation London.

Mark Andrews

By Mark Andrews

Senior news writer for the Shropshire Star specialising in in-depth features and commentary, investigative reporting and political matters.


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