Languages Speak Up competition winners announced

To celebrate the European Day of Languages on 26 September 2011, Language Rich Europe and Poliglotti4.eu launched a competition to find Language Ambassadors who are willing to lend their voice to the cause of language learning by creating a short video of their linguistic journey. The future ambassadors came up with creative videos in which they used all the languages they speak and explained how their language skills had improved their life.

The jury was faced with a difficult decision to pick three winners out of many great entries. All the winning videos had the following in common: An original idea of the setting and plot, a huge amount of imagination and creativity, and the clarity of the benefits of being multilingual. So without further ado, here are the winners:

The 1st prize goes to Khafi Kareem from England, who is fluent in French, Italian, English, Yoruba and British Sign Language. 

The Runners Up prizes go to Deividas Jakavicius from Lithuania, who fluently raps in Lithuanian, English and Russian…

…and Sophie Reece-Trapp from England, impressing the jury with her French, English, German and Dutch language skills. 

The selected videos will feature as an important part of the websites of our major twin projects: Language Rich Europe and Poliglotti4.eu. The winners will also carry on work as language ambassadors to the projects and will write their own blog posts in the future. The winner was awarded a new iPad2 and the two runners-up won a Sony Bloggie camera. Please find the winning entries as well as the other participating videos on our project website.

We would like to thank all the participants for their submissions, their enthusiasm and their creativity.

We are really looking forward to working with our new language ambassadors who will without doubt encourage and motivate others to learn languages!

Day of Multilingual Blogging

The European Commission in the UK is organising the “Day of Multilingual Blogging” on its Facebook page as part of the European Day of Languages. The announcement says:  “Let’s highlight the importance of the European Day of Languages by blogging in another language. If you don’t feel comfortable writing in another language, why not find a guest? Or do a video?” So far, there are 101 facebook users signed up to take part in this online event (I am one of them and will post an article here).  

The online event will take place on 26 September 2010. If you are interested in participating, have a look at the European Commission in the UK’s facebook page and share your link on their wall. The twitter users among you can use the hashtag #babel (as short and multilingual as possible, as it is stated on the site) to share their posts or spread the word, in any language, about this particular event. Also feel free to share your multilingual posts in the comments section of this blog.