Young Linguists translate for Europe

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Translation organises the annual Young Translators Competition, a contest for schools in the European Union. This year’s event was entered by 751 schools from all over Europe. The College was represented by Yana M, who competed in translating from German into Bulgarian; Hannah E (German into English), Cecily M (French into English), Luca I R (from Spanish into English) and Ludovico L (Spanish into Italian). Our students had an enjoyable yet challenging experience, stretching their language skills and getting an insight into the daily work of a translator. The 28 winning students (one per each member state) will be attending the award ceremony in Brussels. Here are a couple of extracts from students about their experience:
Yana M, Lower Sixth: ‘The competition was like nothing I’ve done before. It was very challenging because I had to translate from German (a language I am currently learning) into Bulgarian (my mother tongue). Having to paraphrase a lot in order to fill the gaps between the two languages was also very hard, but it was a challenge I thoroughly enjoyed.’
Cecily M, Lower Sixth: ‘The European Translation Competition was a challenging but exciting experience: I enjoyed learning new words and finding out more about different aspects of life in the French-speaking world.’