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Winners announced in EU Young Translators' Contest

03.02.2012 The names of the 27 winners of the European Commission’s annual Young Translators' Contest, known as ‘Juvenes Translatores’, are published today. A winner for each EU country was selected from among more than 3 000 secondary school pupils in total who sat the contest in November 2011. The number of entrants was up by more than 400 compared to last year and was the highest since the launch of the contest in 2007. The winners will be invited to Brussels on 27 March to receive their prizes and to meet translators at work in the Commission.

“This contest encourages pupils to get to grips with foreign languages in a deeper way and to consider using their knowledge in their future career, whether as a translator or in any other professional field where multilingualism is an asset," said Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth. “The contest also inspires schools to learn from each other and try out different methods of language teaching.”

The winners all demonstrate that a knowledge of languages can take you further and open your mind to new possibilities.

The German winner, for instance, wanted to go to a music school in Hungary, so as well as perfecting her skills on the flute and piano, she also learnt to speak Hungarian. The Romanian winner wrote a biophysics paper which was partly based on technical English source material which she translated herself. With her knowledge of French, German, Dutch, English and Spanish, the Luxembourg winner truly embodies her country's multilingual tradition.

In Cyprus, the winner is Eliana Hadjiandreou from the Lyceum of Arch. Makarios III in Dasoupoli. Eliana speaks fluent English and learns at the same time French and Italian. She is actively involved in volunteering activities and participates in the organisation "Soma Akriton", where she is a mentor for younger members. She has also taken part in many bi-communal activities.

The contestants all translated a one-page text based on their choice of any of the 506 language combinations possible among the EU’s 23 official languages. Although many chose English as a source language, the total number of language combinations used was 148, which was the highest since the launch of the competition.

The theme of this year's texts was volunteering (to mark the European Year of Volunteering 2011), but each language test featured different facets of the subject: the Dutch text, for instance, focused on restoring a church in Tuscany; the French translation paper focused on beach cleaning, the Polish one on working in a Chilean school for under-privileged children. A number of the teenagers who sat the contest in different countries were clearly inspired by the volunteering theme, with some deciding to enrol as volunteers for the Red Cross and other NGOs afterwards.

Background

The ‘Juvenes Translatores’ (Latin for ‘young translators’) contest is organised every year by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Translation. It is open to 17-year old secondary school pupils (this time for those born in 1994) and takes place at the same time in all selected schools all over Europe. The contest ran for the first time in 2007 as a pilot project to give young people a taste of what it is like to be a translator and to raise the profile of language learning in schools. The contest has encouraged some of the entrants to take up language studies and to become translators.

The Commission's translators prepared the texts for the contest to ensure the same level of linguistic challenge and also marked the results; each translation was assessed by native speakers of the language into which the text had been translated.

The names of the winning students (plus their chosen language combination) and their schools are:

Austria
 Sophie Insulander (SV-DE1)
 BG 13 Fichtnergasse, Wien 
 
Belgium
 Meriem Anciaux (EN-FR)
 Collège Saint Michel, Gosselies
 
Bulgaria
 Деница Марчевска (DE-BG)
 Св.Константин-Кирил Философ, Русе
 
Cyprus
 Ηλιάνα Χαντζηαντρέου (EN-EL)
 Λύκειο Αρχ. Μακαρίου Γ΄ Δασούπολης, Στρόβολος – Λευκωσία
 
Czech Republic
 Michaela Krákorová (EN-CS)
 Gymnázium, Brno-Řečkovice 
 
Denmark
 Mikael Steffens Frisk (EN-DA)
 Allerød Gymnasium, Lillerød
 
Estonia
 Johanna Maarja Tiik (EN-ET)
 Miina Härma Gümnaasium, Tartu
 
Finland
 Janne Suutarinen (EN-FI)
 Joroisten lukio, Joroinen
 
France
 Gaëlle Daanen (ES-FR)
 Lycée Emilie de Breteuil, Montigny le Bretonneux
 
Germany
 Sara Kredel (HU-DE)
 Goethe-Gymnasium Bensheim, Bensheim
 
Greece
 Αριάδνη Τσιάκα (EN-EL)
 Πέμπτο Γενικό Λύκειο Καρδίτσας, Καρδίτσα
 
Hungary
 Simon Virág (EN-HU)
 Neumann János Középiskola és Kollégium, Eger
 
Ireland
 Orla Patton (GA-EN)
 Mainistir Loreto Deilginis, Deilginis, Contae Atha Cliath
 
Italy
 Francesco Mosetto (DE-IT)
 Liceo Classico Europeo annesso al Convitto Nazionale Umberto I, Torino
 
Latvia
 Vineta Pilāte (EN-LV)
 Dobeles Valsts ģimnāzija, Dobele
 
Lithuania
 Lukas Šalaševičius (EN-LT)
 Mažeikių Gabijos gimnazija, Mažeikiai 

Luxembourg
 Alexandra Matz (EN-FR)
 Ecole Privée Fieldgen 
 
Malta
 Natalia Grima (EN-MT)
 De La Salle College, Birgu 
 
Netherlands
 Anne Moroux (FR-NL)
 Gymnasium Haganum, Den Haag 
 
Poland
 Dawid Dworak (EN-PL)
 II LO im. Marii Skłodowskiej Curie, Końskie 
 
Portugal
 Margarida Sampaio (EN-PT)
 Agrupamento de Escolas de Arganil, Arganil 
 
Romania
 Anna Kiss (RO-HU)
 Liceul Teoretic "Bolyai Farkas", Târgu-Mureş 
 
Slovakia
 Martin Šrank (EN-SK)
 Gymnázium Ivana Kupca, Hlohovec 
 
Slovenia
 Nina Štefan (EN-SL)
 Srednja šola Domžale, Domžale
 
Spain
 Isabel Suárez Lledó (EN-ES)
 San José ss.cc, Sevilla 
 
Sweden
 Linnea Kjellberg (FR-SV)
 Rosendalsgymnasiet, Uppsala 
 
United Kingdom
 Theodora Bradbury (DE-EN)
 Kendrick School, Reading, Berkshire 
 

Since 2007, when the EU Young Translators' Contest was launched by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Translation, the winners for Cyprus were Andri Tsiouti, Andreas Andreou, Andreas Dimitriou and Haralambos Damianou.

 

More information:

Contest website: http://ec.europa.eu/translatores

Facebook: www.facebook.com/translatores

Twitter: @translatores

DG Translation: http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/translation

Androulla Vassiliou's website:

http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/vassiliou/index_en.htm

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