Chinese Guru

They’re only 10 years old, but they will impress you with their fluency and knowledge of the Chinese language in this nationwide inter-school competition for Primary 4 students. The young linguists will amaze with their speed and accuracy in answering multiple choice questions and their agility in forming idioms in a chain. The questions are set by Marshall Cavendish Education, our official education consultant, while the tablets used in the contest are provided by Samsung, our official technology partner. Catch the Chinese gurus in action at Happy Sparks.

Highlights of the competition, a showcase event at Happy Sparks, will be filmed and broadcast on MaxToon, a dedicated Mandarin edutainment channel for kids on StarHub TV.

Friday, 11 November 2016

Singapore Expo Hall 4B

For enquiries and schools that are interested in participating, please email or call 6213 9217.

How is the game played?

Round 1: Qualifier

In a 30-minute challenge, participating schools answer multiple choice questions in a display of speed and accuracy to win one of the top 10 spots in the semi-final.

Round 2: Semi-final

The qualifying teams engage in a fastest-finger-first contest on stage, pitting their wits and skill at solving tricky word puzzles for one of three places in the final.

Round 3: Final

The excitement continues in the arena-style play off where team members show off their mastery of Chinese idioms in a bid to become the Chinese Guru of 2016.



Each of the five students on the winning team will receive S$300 cash, a medal, a certificate and an Eu Yan Sang hamper worth S$100. The team will also be presented with a trophy.


Each of the five students on the second-place team will receive S$200 cash, a medal, a certificate and an Eu Yan Sang hamper worth S$100. The team will also be presented with a trophy. 


Each of the five students on the third-place team will receive S$100 cash, a medal, a certificate and an Eu Yan Sang hamper worth S$100. The team will also be presented with a trophy. 


Santee Lim

A former primary school teacher of 10 years, Santee Lim joined Marshall Cavendish Education in 2014 as an Assistant Senior Editor (Mother Tongue Team – Primary Level). His passion for the Chinese language, and dedication and commitment as a teacher earned him the ‘Outstanding Contribution’ and ‘Teaching & Learning Award’ several times during his teaching career.

Lim Siok Lai

Currently a lecturer at the Asian Languages and Cultures Academic Group at the National Institute of Education, Lim Seok Lai holds a Diploma in Education, Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Chinese Language and Literature from NIE. She is the recipient of the NIE Excellence in Teaching Award in 2009 and 2014, and the Nanyang Awards for Excellence in Teaching in 2009.

Ho Sin Chan

With 42 years of experience teaching Chinese, Ho Sin Chan is more than qualified to judge the competition. He served as Head of Department at Holy Innocents’ Primary School from 1999 to 2012, and has won numerous awards over the years, including the title of Master Teacher from 2005 to 2008. In 2003, he received the Commendation Medal for his work and dedication. He retired in 2014.


Marcus Chin

With a career in the entertainment industry spanning over 30 years, veteran artiste Marcus Chin’s talents include hosting, singing and acting. He was a popular Chinese variety television show host in the ’70s, and later produced and acted in live theatre and numerous public performances. He made his television comeback in 2001 after a long hiatus, and won Best Comedy Performer at the Star Awards in 2004 for his role as female character Bao Mei Li.