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EU's best young translators feted at Awards

European Commission - IP/12/312   26/03/2012

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European Commission - Press release

EU's best young translators feted at Awards

Brussels, 26 March 2012 – Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, will present trophies to the winners of this year's Young Translators' (Juvenes Translatores) Contest, organised by the European Commission. Twenty-seven secondary school students, one from each Member State, have been invited to Brussels to receive their award and a diploma for producing the best translation from their country.

The award ceremony takes place tomorrow (27 March) at the Charlemagne building in Brussels, starting at 11am. It can be followed live at

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

"I would like to warmly congratulate each of the winners. To be the best young translator in your country is quite some achievement. Languages open doors in life and I am sure these young people will benefit enormously from their special talent," said Commissioner Vassiliou.

The Commissioner also congratulated the winners' teachers and parents for their "fantastic inspiration and support".

Each student selected a one-page text written in one of the EU's 23 official languages. They then translated it into any of the other 22 languages.

Although many chose English as a source language, the total number of language combinations used was 148, which is the highest since the contest was launched in 2007. The theme this year was volunteering (to mark the European Year of Volunteering 2011), which inspired many contestants to enrol as volunteers for charities afterwards. After the ceremony, they will meet the Commission's translators who drafted the original texts for the contest and marked the translations.

Background

The Commission’s Directorate-General for Translation organises the Juvenes Translatores (Latin for ‘young translators’) contest every year. It is open to 17-year-old secondary school pupils and takes place on the same day in November in each of the schools selected all over Europe. The contest promotes language learning and linguistic diversity, and is also a unique opportunity for the pupils to try their hand at a translator's job and to test the language skills acquired at school.

The contest has gained in popularity each year. For this fifth competition, the number of entrants was the highest ever at more than 3 000.

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

COUNTRY

WINNER

SCHOOL

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

UK

Theodora Bradbury (DE-EN)

Kendrick School, Reading, Berkshire

Map showing where the winners come from:

More information:

Contest website: ec.europa.eu/translatores

Facebook: facebook.com/translatores

Twitter: @translatores

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

Androulla Vassiliou's website

Contacts :

Dennis Abbott (+32 2 295 92 58)

Dina Avraam (+32 2 295 96 67)

1 :

BG: Bulgarian; ES: Spanish; CS: Czech; DA: Danish; DE: German; ET: Estonian; EL: Greek; EN: English; FR: French; GA: Irish; IT: Italian; LV: Latvian; LT: Lithuanian; HU: Hungarian; MT: Maltese; NL: Dutch; PL: Polish; PT: Portuguese; RO: Romanian; SK: Slovak; SL: Slovenian; FI: Finnish; SV: Swedish.


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