Preliminary Round

Video Submission Guidelines and Requirements

Congratulations on participating in the 2016 J.LIVE Talk at GW! As a competitor, you are required to provide a short video about yourself, which will be used to evaluate your qualification and proficiency level. In your recording, please introduce yourself and tell us in Japanese how learning the Japanese language has inspired you. You are expected to speak naturally. You will be disqualified if you read from a pre-written script.

  • Your video should be 2-3 minutes long and show you speaking for its entire duration. (No slideshows, please.)

  • Begin your video by stating your name and the school you attend.

  • Describe how learning the Japanese language has inspired you (in Japanese only).

  • Upload your video to YouTube and select 'Unlisted' as the privacy setting.

If you have any questions regarding how to upload the video to YouTube, see Video Upload Instructions below.

Send the URL for your video with your name and school to [email protected] by October 13, 2016.

Please note that, if we decide to use any part of your video for promotional or other purposes in the future, we will obtain your consent beforehand.

Video Upload Instructions

  1. Go to

  2. Click 'Sign in' in the upper right corner. You can sign in with your Gmail account. If you do not have a Gmail account, create one. Or, you will need to create a separate YouTube account using your email address.

  3. Once you create (and sign into your) YouTube account, click 'Upload' in the upper right corner.

  4. Select a file to upload. Make sure to use the following format for the title of your video: 'JLIVE Talk + Your Name' (e.g., JLIVE Talk Sachiko Suzuki).

  5. Select the privacy setting 'Unlisted'.

You may ignore the other fields (Description, Tags, and Category).

NOTE: There are many video tutorials on uploading to YouTube, such as this tutorial.

Once your video is uploaded, YouTube will create a URL link for your video. Simply send this link to the J.LIVE Talk Committee.

If you cannot upload to YouTube or prefer to send your video in a different way, please email the J.LIVE Talk Committee at [email protected].

preliminary round

Preliminary Round opens on September 1!