Hampton’s Sixth Form linguists have excelled at the prestigious Juvenes Translatores competition, an online translation contest that runs across Europe.

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Translation has been running Juvenes Translatores (Latin for ‘young translators’) contest since 2007. The competition is designed to promote language learning in schools and to give young people a taste of what it is like to be a translator. This year, the participating pupils had to translate a challenging text on the topic of what young people can do to help shape the future of Europe, from their chosen foreign language into English.

Five Hamptonians competed in Juvenes Translatores and were among over 3,100 entries from 750 schools across Europe. Particular congratulations go to Sixth Formers Jake Emerson (German), James Smith (Spanish) and Oscar Leonov (French) who were awarded Special Mention Diplomas for their outstanding translations, placing them in the top 9% of linguists across Europe.

Mr Marc Boardman, Head of French, congratulated the Hamptonians on their impressive achievement:

We are all very proud of our outstanding linguists – they analysed a very challenging source text in the target language and had to rewrite it in the most suitable register and tone in English. We always knew they were talented, but now they have been recognised as some of the finest linguists in Europe – what an achievement!


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