Juvenes Translatores 10th anniversary contest: the best young translators found

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A few months ago, back in September, we invited you to encourage a love for languages among your students by registering for the Juvenes Translatores contest. Now we are happy to announce the winners.

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Translation, with the support of DG Education and Culture, has run the Juvenes Translatores (Latin for ‘young translators’) contest every year since 2007. The contest aims to promote multilingualism in the EU, in particular among young citizens: It is open to 17-year-old secondary school students and takes place at the same time in all selected schools across the EU. This year the contest was a special occasion for two reasons: it was not only the contest’s 10th anniversary, but also the 60th anniversary of the birth of the European Union.

Over 3,000 secondary school students from across the EU submitted their texts, which were assessed by the official translators working for the European Commission.

The winners were announced in February through a press release in which Commissioner Günther Oettinger congratulated the winners and praised their creativity and courage in undertaking this challenge.

“Your parents and teachers must be very proud of your achievement, and I applaud you for taking on the challenge and showing such promising talent. Languages open minds and break down barriers. They help us understand other peoples and cultures. Congratulations for showing creativity and flair in all 24 EU languages.

Find here detailed information about the winners, the texts for translation, and the list of the selected schools. 

For updates follow the Juvenes Translatores' Facebook page and see here the video on the previous years' winners.