On 26 November 2020, almost 2,800 students from schools across the EU took up the challenge to prove themselves their country’s best budding translator. This time, the topic of the texts was ‘Navigating in challenging times – together we are stronger’. The large number of outstanding translations that resulted made it difficult for the jury from the European Commission’s translation service to decide on the winners.
Traditionally, the 27 best young translators have won a trip to Brussels to collect their awards and meet professional translators. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the award ceremony and the meetings with the professionals will take place online on 2 July 2021.
The 2020 contest was the fourteenth since the inception of Juvenes Translatores in 2007, and the second to be held completely online. The participants could choose to translate between any two of the EU’s 24 official languages. 150 of the 552 possible language combinations were used.
The aim of this annual translation contest is to promote, recognise, and reward language learning and to inspire young linguists. The ability to speak foreign languages is a major asset for young people entering the job market. In an increasingly connected and global economy, employers actively seek multilingual candidates capable of adapting to and thriving in an international context.