Do Europeans Do Everything Better?

February 2, 2009

Just ran across this little article about the second European Union “Young Translators” contest among European high school students.  The students were not translating literature — rather, according to the article, they were translating “a text on the topic of multilingualism” — but it is still heartening to see translation treated as a worthy field for competition. I wrote bad essays and worse poetry in my salad days, and even participated in declamation contests in foreign languages (well, one anyway), but never was asked to translate a piece of writing from one language to another. Imagining 2250 high school students across the E.U. participating in a translation contest — it makes my heart go pitter-patter.

-ar

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