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National Translation Bee Competition

Tuesday, 26 September, 2023 - 09:45 to Sunday, 21 July, 2024 - 17:00
Event Type: 
East of England

The National Translation Bee continues into its eighth year.

Great for your year 8s and 9s with a toolkit of sentences to learn (present in stage 1, future in stage 2 and past in stage 3).

It's actually a continuation of the Spelling Bee, ie the principle's the same, but with the Translation Bee the year 8s and 9s have one minute to translate as many sentences (from a toolkit: I/we eat icecream/pizza/etc; I/we go to school/the cinema etc; I/we wear trousers/a skirt etc)as possible into the target language - term 1 present, term 2 future, term 3 past and a regional final where the minute includes randomly selected sentences from all 3 tenses (with 5 winners per language qualifying for the National Final).
You can see a student in action at the regional final here:

Compete in school, then regionally, with the national finalists battling it out in the National Final at Cambridge University (dates tbc)

- still enjoying the generous sponsorship of Vocab Express including the practice of core vocabulary for each stage and a free KS4 subscription for the year 9 Vocab Express competition for 2021/22 for the school of the national winner of each language.

Go to to register and for payment details (unfortunately now that government funding has ended we're having to charge schools) or email for more information