European Day of Languages

As well as sending a team to take part in the European Language Quiz at Marlborough College, the MFL Department marked the European Day of Languages with three competitions to give everyone in the community the opportunity to get involved.

1 October 2019

The first event to celebrate the European Day of Languages was an online Great Big Language Quiz which attracted over 100 entrants and the winners were Anna (Lower School), Janice (Upper School), Giselle (Sixth Form) and Dr Skinner (Teacher of Biology). On the day itself, the MFL Department also organised a Music Quiz to test staff and pupils’ knowledge of the provenance of a variety of songs from all over the world which turned out to be a well-attended and lively affair.

Possibly the most entertaining element of the European Language Day celebrations was the Tongue Twister Competition which challenged the community to try their hand at one of five tongue twisters in Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish and video themselves.

European Language Quiz at Marlborough College

Four Lower Fourth girls set off to Marlborough College in Wiltshire to join other schools from the area in participating in the European Language Quiz organised to celebrate the European Day of Languages.

The team which comprised Clara, Victoria, Alexandra and Blanca reported, “We had to answer many difficult questions about languages including ‘What kind of countries are Lusophone countries?’ (Answer: countries which speak Portuguese) and ‘Which famous German physical trainer invented a series of fitness exercises?’ (Answer: Joseph Pilates). We came second overall and we had a great time and learned so much.”

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