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English contest winners selected

EIGHTEEN students were awarded prizes for their excellent language skills after competing in an English writing competition that was jointly organized by Shanghai Daily and Xinmin Evening News.

The prize winners were among the 80 finalists who competed on Friday. They were chosen from thousands of university and high schools students nationwide.

"There have been many English speech and debate contests, but this writing contest is a good reminder to people of the importance of writing," said Tang Wensheng, one of the judges and a legendary English-Chinese interpreter for the People's Republic of China's founding leaders Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai.

She was an interpreter for Mao when former United States President Richard Nixon visited China in 1972.

"Compared with oral English, writing has a higher demand for language skills and knowledge," she said.

The final topic "My Dream City" favored students who could apply a variety of knowledge including politics, economics and sociology to map out a plan for a city's development.

Zhang He, a first-prize winner, wrote her story from the perspective of a sparrow.

She said language learning is her favorite hobby and that she enjoys listening to English songs and watching American television series.


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