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European Day of Languages celebration - York St John University

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Yorkshire and the Humber
York St John Business School were delighted to host another celebration of language and culture to mark the European Day of Languages, attended by YSJ staff, home and international students, and pupils from Lady Lumley's School in Pickering, a regular supporter of this event.
 
The evening started with a demonstration of karate from the YSJ Karate Society, accompanied by an explanation of its background and history, and a commentary explaining each movement.
 
This year for the first time, the language and culture activities were devised and run by the YSJ Languages Society. Participants were grouped into random teams by playing Human Bingo, then moved from table to table taking part in the games.
 
Activities ranged from playing Chinese whispers (in Russian!), through speed-learning Chinese characters and trying to paint them, to learning greetings in Cambodian. Other languages on offer were Norwegian, Arabic, English and Spanish.
 
he competitive element proved highly motivating, and the winning teams were thrilled to receive YSJ Business School mugs and pens as a prize. It was a very successful window into the activities of the Languages Society, and it was wonderful to see such a vibrant mix of nationalities all having fun with languages.
 
Many thanks to everyone who played a part in the success of the event, particularly the Languages Society committee and helpers, the Karate Society, and Yumino Simpson the Languages administrator.
 
Alison Organ, September 2015