The 7th "Yellow River Cup" Chinese Reading Contest Announcement

The Yellow River is the mother river of the Chinese and the banks of the Yellow River is the origin of Chinese culture and language. To help students to better study Chinese and improve their Chinese reading skills, eWriteChinese is hosting the “YELLOW RIVER CUP” Chinese Reading Contest in North America.

This contest has been held once a year since 2012. The participants have significantly improved their reading and comprehension of Chinese. The 7th contest will start on May 1, 2018, and end on August 31, 2018. Welcome everyone to parcipitate!

Instruction of Reading Contest (reference for teachers or parents)

The 6th "Yellow River Cup" Chinese Reading Contest Announcement

The Yellow River is the mother river of the Chinese and the banks of the Yellow River is the origin of Chinese culture and language. To help students to better study Chinese and improve their Chinese reading skills, eWriteChinese is hosting the first “YELLOW RIVER CUP” Chinese Reading Contest in North America.

This contest has been held once a year since 2012. The participants have significantly improved their reading and comprehension of Chinese. The 7th contest will start on May 1, 2018. Welcome students who have learned Chinese as 2nd language to participate!

Introduction

For many people, studying Chinese is hard. This is especially true for students not living in a Chinese-speaking environment. One effective way learn the language is to start reading early and do it repeatedly. Since Chinese characters are pictorial-based, one disadvantage is that it cannot be spelled out, but an advantage is that once the form of the character becomes familiar, it becomes easier to remember. This is the “secret to success” for studying Chinese. 

How do you to encourage students to begin reading more? First is to choose reading material with subjects students can relate to, and second is to leverage their competitive spirit by giving them an incentive to compete with peers to improve their reading speed and comprehension. 
 
Selections from the "International Chinese Students Essay Competition" provides excellent reading material for students from elementary to middle school to build reading comprehension. Based on the students’ current reading level, we designed multiple choice questions for each passage from the book to measure and document their progress. 

Through this method of having students reading in competition, we can give them the motivation to reach their goal of attaining a higher level of reading ability. We ask for parent to take this opportunity to support and to encourage your children to join this competition, so that they may attain the level of reading ability in order to study independently.

Contestants and Duration

The 6th “Yellow River Cup” Chinese Reading Contest for Beginners is currently open to US and all other counties. All participants are welcome to participate. Most are elementary, middle school and high school students,who has learned Chinese as second langauge.

Contest will be held annually and lasting 4 months. The 6th “Yellow River Cup” Chinese Reading Contest will begin on May 1st, 2018, and will last until August 31, 2018.

Reading Material

There's a limited inventory of the "Sound of Flower Blooming"(World Chinese Students Excellent Essay Selection), priced at $10 and shipping fee of $4, outside US the shipping cost is $8. Contestants can order online at the eWriteChinese/Store/. Once sold out, interested contestants will need to find a copy independently. Check your local Chinese School for an available copy.

Contest Entry

To join, go to the eWriteChinese Store and "Purchase" the contest at $25. The contestants must have an eWriteChinese account to be eligible, using their username and password to enter the competition page and begin reading for the contest. 

The competition has 138 short Chinese passages to choose from. To get credit for reading the passage, contestants will answer 10 multiple choice questions (in Chinse) regarding the passage read. There's the option to submit all 10 answers at once or complete them in multiple sessions. Once answers are submitted, contestants can view the results. QUESTIONS CANNOT BE REATTEMPTED AFTER THEY ARE SUBMITTED. 

Awards and Prizes

The 6th “Yellow River Cup” Chinese Reading Contest for Beginners awards are outlined below.

  • One 1st place award of $50
  • Two 2nd place awards of $25 each
  • Ten 3rd place awards of $15 each

The awards are based on total score; in the event of a tie, the contestant who completed the contest earlier will be awarded. All contestants who reach 70% of the total score will be issued a Recognition Certificate for the 6th Chinese Reading Contest. The winners will be announced on the website on October 15, 2017, and the prizes will be sent out on the same day.

Feedback

We welcome feedback about the contest any time through our website.

A big thank you to all participants, and best of luck to you all!

eWriteChinese Admin
www.ewritechinese.com
April 4th, 2017

Introduction

For many people, studying Chinese is hard. This is especially true for students not living in a Chinese-speaking environment. One effective way learn the language is to start reading early and do it repeatedly. Since Chinese characters are pictorial-based, one disadvantage is that it cannot be spelled out, but an advantage is that once the form of the character becomes familiar, it becomes easier to remember. This is the “secret to success” for studying Chinese. 

How do you to encourage students to begin reading more? First is to choose reading material with subjects students can relate to, and second is to leverage their competitive spirit by giving them an incentive to compete with peers to improve their reading speed and comprehension. 
 
Selections from the "International Chinese Students Essay Competition" provides excellent reading material for students from elementary to middle school to build reading comprehension. Based on the students’ current reading level, we designed multiple choice questions for each passage from the book to measure and document their progress. 

Through this method of having students reading in competition, we can give them the motivation to reach their goal of attaining a higher level of reading ability. We ask for parent to take this opportunity to support and to encourage your children to join this competition, so that they may attain the level of reading ability in order to study independently.

Contestants and Duration

The 6th “Yellow River Cup” Chinese Reading Contest for Beginners is currently open to US and all other countries. All participants are welcome to participate. Most are elementary, middle school and high school students who has learned Chinese as second langauage.

Contest will be held annually and lasting 4 months. The 6th “Yellow River Cup” Chinese Reading Contest will begin on May 1st, 2018, and will last until August 31, 2018.

Reading Material

For the Beginner participator, use the "Sound of Flower Blooming“ (World Chinese Students Excellent Essay Selections). There's a limited inventory, priced at $10 and shipping fee of $4,outside US shipping fee $8. Contestants can order online at the eWriteChinese/Store/. Once sold out, interested contestants will need to find a copy independently. Check your local Chinese School for an available copy.

For the Intermediate participator, use the "Shanxi Story - Historicla Geography“, which is a free e-copy for the contest. 

Contest Entry

To join, go to the eWriteChinese/Store/ and "Purchase" the contest at $25. The contestants must have an eWriteChinese account to be eligible, using their username and password to enter the competition page and begin reading for the contest. 

The competition has 178 short Chinese passages to choose from. To get credit for reading the passage, contestants will answer 10 multiple choice questions (in Chinse) regarding the passage read. There's the option to submit all 10 answers at once or complete them in multiple sessions. Once answers are submitted, contestants can view the results. QUESTIONS CANNOT BE REATTEMPTED AFTER THEY ARE SUBMITTED. 

Awards and Prizes

The 7th “Yellow River Cup” Chinese Reading Contest for Beginners awards are outlined below.

  • One 1st place award of $50
  • Two 2nd place awards of $25 each
  • Three-ten 3rd place awards of $15 each

The awards are based on total score; in the event of a tie, the contestant who completed the contest earlier will be awarded. All contestants who reach 70% of the total score will be issued a Recognition Certificate for the 7th Chinese Reading Contest. The winners will be announced on the website on October 15, and the prizes will be sent out on the same day.

Feedback

We welcome feedback about the contest any time through our website.

A big thank you to all participants, and best of luck to you all!

eWriteChinese Admin
www.ewritechinese.com

WeChat ID:eWriteCh
April 4, 2018

The "Yellow River Cup" Chinese Reading Contest Sample:

See more samples, go to http://ewritechinese.com/contest/sample/

《不一样的生日蛋糕》 姜燊楠

记得小的时候,爸爸妈妈都会为我生日出去订一个蛋糕。虽然我小的时候不怎么喜欢吃蛋糕,但是我每次都会吃一点,看起来很喜欢的样子。那时候我怕爸爸妈妈会生气,为了让他们高兴,我就使劲吃一块蛋糕。现在父母不再给我订蛋糕了,但是我总觉得我应该为父母的生日订一个蛋糕了。

今年,在我爸爸的生日的前一天,我悄悄问了我妈妈能不能给爸爸订一个生日蛋糕,妈妈回答说不够时间,因为店里至少需要三天才能给我们出一个蛋糕。我觉得很遗憾不能让爸爸在生日那天吃上蛋糕。正好,那一天爸爸要出去办事,我就问妈妈能不能给爸爸做一个蛋糕。一开始妈妈坚决不同意,说要花太多时间,但是我后来我说服了她。

我和妈妈一起做了一个水果蛋糕,因为我知道爸爸很喜欢吃水果。我们把蛋糕烤好了以后,在上面放了好多种水果也加了奶油。我们花了三个多小时做蛋糕。当爸爸回来的时候,我和妈妈已经把蛋糕藏好了,也把厨房收拾干净了。

第二天晚上,吃完饭后,我把蛋糕拿出来。爸爸一看到很高兴,吃起来的时候还以为是从商店里买的呢。当我们告诉他是我和妈妈做的,他高兴地吃掉了蛋糕的一大半!

看着爸爸吃蛋糕的时候,我非常有成就感。我觉得自己做了一件很了不起的事情。虽然只是一个生日蛋糕,但这是一个不一样的生日蛋糕。(514 字)

 

#060 阅读《不一样的生日蛋糕》 

1. 作者小时候过生日,父母为他做什么?
    A. 做一个生日蛋糕
    B. 订一个生日蛋糕
    C. 开一个生日聚会(派对party)
    D. 买一件生日礼物

 

2. 作者喜欢吃蛋糕吗?
    A. 不喜欢吃蛋糕
    B. 喜欢吃蛋糕
    C. 只喜欢冰淇淋蛋糕
    D. 文章中没有说

 

3. 作者想在父母过生日时,做什么事?
    A. 做一个生日蛋糕
    B. 开一个生日聚会(派对)
    C. 订一个生日蛋糕
    D. 动手做件礼物

 

4. 今年父亲过生日之前,作者订了蛋糕没有?
    A. 太晚了没订到
    B. 订了一个大蛋糕
    C. 做了两个大蛋糕
    D. 提前三天订了蛋糕

 

5. 作者为爸爸做了一个什么样的蛋糕?
    A. 奶油蛋糕
    B. 水果蛋糕
    C. 巧克力蛋糕
    D. 香草蛋糕

 

6. 妈妈为什么不同意作者为爸爸做生日蛋糕?
   A. 认为作者不会做
   B. 自己做太麻烦
   C. 要花太多时间
   D. 爸爸不喜欢蛋糕

 

7. 作者为爸爸做生日蛋糕用了多少时间?
   A. 三个多小时
   B. 五个多小时
   C. 七个多小时
   D. 两个多小时

 

8. 作者在生日蛋糕上放了什么?
   A. 巧克力
   B. 切好的水果和奶油
   C. 什么都没有放
   D. 白色的奶油

 

9. 爸爸吃了多少蛋糕?
   A. 吃了一大半
   B. 吃了一点点
   C. 全部吃光了
   D. 一口也没吃

 

10.作者为什么会非常有成就感?
   A. 因为他自己会做生日蛋糕了
   B. 因为他做了一个不一样的生日蛋糕
   C. 因为他觉得做蛋糕比买蛋糕省钱
   D. 因为他觉得做蛋糕比买礼物合适

Congratulations to all winners in the 6th Yellow River Cup Chinese Reading Contest!

 

# The 5th Contest winners in 2016 Full Score 2133 Prize
1 Emily Lan 蓝海悦 2122 $50.00
2 Amanda Wu 武文歆 2120 $25.00
3 Lenci Ni 倪蓝溪 2117 $25.00
4 Ian Yu 杨异恩 2116 $15.00
5 Yuan Dong 董 源 2106 $15.00
6 Joey Huang 黄卓屹 2098 $15.00
7 Justin Xiao 肖 遥 2097 $15.00
8 Alice Zhang 张楚玥 2095 $15.00
9 Joanne Liu 廖婥安 2092 $15.00
10 Joshua Louie 雷思隆 2092 $15.00
11 Rena Wang 王韵媛 2090 $15.00
12 Pierce Lai 赖文晨 2088 $15.00
13 Jeffrey Zhou 周世洋 2085 $15.00

     
# The 4th Contest winners in 2015 Full Score 1761 Prize
1 Richard Huang 黄润奇 1761 $50.00
2 Rachael Huang 黄润心 1760 $25.00
3 Claire Li 黎沛君 1759 $25.00
4 Catherine Li 李凯西 1757 $15.00
5 Shawn Li 黎泊辰 1756 $15.00
6 Joey Wang 王晓哲 1756 $15.00
7 Anna Wang 王天雅 1755 $15.00
8 Joanne Liu 廖婥安 1753 $15.00
9 Amanda Wu 武文歆  1750 $15.00
10 Christopher Wu 吴子轩 1750 $15.00
11 Deqian Kong 孔德千 1749 $15.00
12 Wendy Huang 黄文迪 1747 $15.00
13 Yuan Dong 董 源 1743 $15.00






# The 3rd Contest winners in 2014 Full Score 1643 Prize
1 Richard Huang 黄润奇 1637 $50.00
2 Catherine Li 李凯西 1636 $25.00
3 Rachael Huang 黄润心 1635 $25.00
4 Stacy Wang 汪思桐 1633 $15.00
5

Christine Tu

涂万晴 1633 $15.00
6 Angelina Fan 范江雪 1630 $15.00
7 Amanda Wu 武文歆  1629 $15.00
8 Joey Wang 王晓哲 1628 $15.00
9 Michael Wang 王世章 1626 $15.00
10 Sarah Wei 卫莹莹 1621 $15.00
11 Yuping Bai 白雨平 1620 $15.00
12 Rena Wang 王韵媛 1619 $15.00
13 Joey Huang 黄卓屹 1618 $15.00
14 Felix Chen

陈凯宁

1617 $15.00


# The 2nd Contest winners in 2013 Full Score 2887 Prize
1 Richard Huang 黄润奇 2871 $50.00
2 Catherine Li 李凯西 2870 $25.00
3 Rachael Huang 黄润心 2870 $25.00
4 Felix Chen 陈凯宁 2851 $25.00
5 Joey Huang 黄卓屹 2847 $25.00
6 Jiaqi Wang 汪家齐 2845 $10.00
7 Jeff Weng 翁昀杰   2836 $10.00
8 Stacy Wang 汪思桐 2829 $10.00
9 Er Jia   2811 $10.00
10 Emily Lu 陆声懿 2786 $10.00
11 Kevin Fang   2779 $10.00
12 Samuel Liu 刘方阳 2772 $10.00
13 Mindy Maung 毛嘉敏 2715 $10.00
14 Amber Sundaram 孙安蓓 2698 $10.00
15 Michael Wang 王世章 2654 $10.00
16 Nicole Jasinski 金伲可 2433 $10.00
17 Derek Lu 陆声嘉 2339 $10.00
18 Anna Beatty 龙丽素 1883 $10.00
19 Evelyn Ngo 吴琦芬 1771 $10.00
         
# The 1st Contest winners in 2012 Full Score 1436 Prize
1 Tony Liu 刘湘哲 1425.5 $100.00
2 Jack Si 司书鑫 1420.5 $50.00
3 Richard Huang 黄润奇 1417.5 $50.00
4 Bernard Xu 许弼轩 1415.5 $25.00
5 Stacy Wang 汪思桐 1412.5 $25.00
6 Joey Huang 黄卓屹 1404.5 $25.00
7 Serene Hoskins 霍雪琳 1397.5 $25.00
8 Kevin Fang   1384.5 $25.00
9 Jiaqi Wang 汪家齐 1377.5 $25.00
10 Cherice Chan 陳千熙 1373.5 $25.00
11 Olivia Tung 董博欣 1370.5 $25.00
12 Alex Lou 楼天翔 1361.5 $25.00
13 Samuel Liu 刘方昍 1323.5 $25.00
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