language at the age of three, but only started to learn Chinese at a Chinese culture center at the age of eight.
“I pushed him to learn Spanish at school, because it is a lot easier,” Mrs. Nju
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Mrs. Njumbe still remembered clearly the “Three Little Rabbits,” a Chinese lullaby, h
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Njumbe just spent two weeks to practice his prize-winning Chinese songs. He is dreaming
上海千花坊of going to China on summer programs once growing 12 years old. “I am not old enough to go now,” he told Xinhua.
“I love Chinese Kongfu, I like Bruce Lee,” Njumbe added.
Chinese songs are not the only area Njumbe is good at, he can also recite poems from上海千花坊品茶微信
China’s Tang Dynasty (618-907). He can also easily recite Di Zi Gui – The Rules for Students – from ancient China.
Njumbe is just one of the 38 players aged from 5 to 82 from six states in the U.S. Midwest to participate in the Chinese songs contest.
上海千花坊Emily Mcclintick, a seven-year-old girl, sang “Pear Trees Bloom Again” and another song at the competition and came out the sixth place.
“It is hard to learn Chinese,” she told Xinhua.上海千花坊品茶微信
This is the third year for Xilin Association to host the Chinese songs contest in U.S. Midwest for selecting singers for the final of the “Water Cube Cu
p” Chinese Songs Singing Competition, Linda Yang, executive director of Xilin Association, told Xinhua.
The association is a non-profit organization in the greater上海千花坊
Chicago area committed to providing an innovative educational system for children.
“After three years, the contest is enjoying growing popularity among people in U.S. Midwest.上海千花坊品茶微信
It has provided a platform for people overseas to sing Chinese songs, to have a better knowledge of Chinese cu
lture and language,” Yang said. She hoped that more people will take part in the contest next year.
The “Water Cube Cup” Chinese Songs Singing Competition is sponsored by the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the Be
ijing municipal government and some other departments of the Beijing municipal government.