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Winning EU young translators

The winners of the European Commission’s Juvenes Translatores were announced on 11 March. This annual competition, which was launched in 2007, asks 17-year-old secondary students to choose any two of the EU’s 24 official languages to translate from one to the other to promote the role of translators, and many past participants have gone on to explore careers as both translators and work within the Commission.

One winner is chosen from each EU country by staff translators at the Commission and this year there was stiff competition from the 2,800 entries. However, in a challenging climate, many students actively enjoyed taking part. “Thanks to projects such as Juvenes Translatores, students can find stimuli for learning linked to reality, and to their expectations of integration and belonging,” wrote one student from Italy, while another in Romania wrote, “Within this dreary landscape, Juvenes Translatores came as a ray of sunshine that sliced through the darkness.”

Winners are invited to an online award ceremony on 2 July, and they are their teachers will have the chance to meet a professional translator from the European Commission to learn more about the field. 

Interestingly, out of the 27 winners, 20 choose English as one of their two languages.

Image courtesy of Kyle Gregory Devaras on Unsplash
Liz Granirer
Liz Granirer
Liz has been a journalist for many years. She is currently editor of EL Gazette and has previously edited the magazines Young Performer, StepForward and Accounting Technician; been deputy editor on Right Start magazine; chief sub editor on Country Homes & Interiors; and sub editor on easyJet Traveller, Lonely Planet and Family Traveller magazines, along with a number of others.
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