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EuroCupLang 2016: The European Languages Competition

Esta entrada también está disponible en: Spanish

Languages are awesome. Whether you know any foreign languages or not, you must admit that all languages have something special and that, at Hi uTandem, is something we celebrate every day.

You don’t even need to know a language to decide whether you like it or not; you can fall in love with the way it sounds, in the way that many people fall for Italian or Argentinian Spanish; you can love the way it’s written, like many love Japanese writing systems even if they don’t know what the symbols mean. And, if you actually know the language, there are thousands of other features which can make you love it or hate it.

For this reason, for the love we have of languages, we are launching our very first European languages competition on Twitter and this blog, and we are calling it EuroCupLang 2016. So now we’ll explain all you need to know about it.

Why European languages only?

The UEFA Euro 2016 is starting in a few days, and we thought it would be great to celebrate our competition at the same time as this great football championship. In this way, we can celebrate football, nationalities and languages at the same time. For this reason, we are taking the structure of UEFA Euro 2016 (groups, dates, etc.) and adapting it to hold our own online championship with languages, EuroCupLang 2016.

How does the competition work?

EuroCupLang 2016 starts of at the same time and with the same dynamics as UEFA Euro 2016.

1. There’s a group stage with 3 rounds. There are 3 rounds because each team will play 3 matches during the group stage. EuroCupLang groups correspond exactly to UEFA Euro national teams groups. Here we have the groups.

2. There will be a knockout stage with: round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and a final match. Given the natural progress of each competition, we seriously doubt the languages in the knockout stage will be the same as the national teams in UEFA Euro 2016:

3. The victories and defeats of the languages in each stage or match will be decided through Twitter polls. You will find those polls on our Twitter timeline and in the posts in this blog. So you can keep coming here to vote instead of looking through our timeline, if you want.

4. A new post will be published for each round and/or stage with all the matches (Twitter polls) and results.

Competition calendar

The competition calendar is the same as the one for UEFA Euro 2016. However, there are a few differences:

  • There won’t be individual matches for the group stage. This means that all languages will compete with the others in the same group at the same time. So there will be a Twitter poll per group, with four possible choices (languages).
  • The matches for the knockout stages will last as long as each stage itself. This means, for instance, that the round of 16 will start the day of the first match and will end the day of the last match.

Here’s a table with the most important dates.

Participating and sharing

In order to participate, you simply have to follow us on Twitter and keep an eye out for the polls, or keep coming to the blog to vote for each round. Also, it would be awesome if you could share, like, retweet, etc., so more people could take part in the competition. Also, you can share these posts or whatever thoughts you have about the competition using the hashtags #EuroCupLang2016 or #EuroCupLang

Languages & Countries

As you know, many countries have more than one official language, and many languages are spoken in various countries. For this reason, for the competition we have had to make some tough choices. For example, for Northern Ireland we have stuck to “Irish English” (as the variety of English spoken in Ireland), while we’ve chosen “Irish” for the Republic of Ireland. Also, for Belgium, where we can find multiple languages, we have decided to go for Dutch, as French is already represented by France and it is one of the main languages in the country. And this has been done with other countries as well, where more than one language can be found.

Over to you

So, tell us; what are your favourite languages? Are there any you like for a particular reason? Are you as excited about EuroCupLang as we are?

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