Four students studying languages at A level recently took part in the Juvenes Translatores Competition.
This is a competition that rewards the best young translators in the European Union. Winners from each European Union country are invited to a prize giving ceremony in Brussels. In the lead up to the competition, students attended translation workshops with Mrs Quaife, which gave them the opportunity to learn in more depth about the process and purpose of translation. At this stage of their language experience, the students understand all the words in the text without a dictionary, but during the 2-hour test, they have to go that extra mile to make their version sound fluent and natural.
Riiya, Ellie and Alex translated texts from French, German and Spanish into English. One of our overseas students, Theon, translated from English into his mother tongue Bulgarian. It was an intense two hours of word crafting!
Students who could not enter this year due to their age, took part in an Modern Foreign Languages department ‘Translation Slam’ using the same texts but working in groups of 2 or 3. The best translation for our in-house translation competition will be announced next week.