31 January 2013

Juvenes Translatores, or the potential future European Commission's translators

Congratulations to the 27 winners of Juvenes Translatores, the European Commission's annual EU Young Translators contest!

Over 3000 pupils from 750 secondary schools sat the contest in November 2012. The contestants translated a one-page text based on their choice of any of the 506 language combinations possible among the EU’s 23 official languages. The Commission's translators marked the texts.

The winners – one per EU country – will be invited to an award ceremony in Brussels on April 11, 2013 to receive their prizes from Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou and will also have the chance to see the Commission's translators at work.

“The contest is an excellent way to promote language learning and translation as a possible career. Language skills are a fantastic asset: they broaden the mind and can boost employability, something which is especially important in the current economic environment," said Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth.

The contest has also created its own network, enabling students, teachers and professionals to interact through Facebook, Twitter and a blog.

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