Good luck to Kira and Thomas, 11th Class, who were representing St Kilian’s Deutsche Schule at the All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad in DCU on March 9th 2022. 100 Secondary School students were competing in the National Final. The winners will go on to represent Ireland in the International Linguistics Olympiad in the Isle of Man in July.
‘The All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad (AILO) is a contest in which Secondary School students develop their own strategies for solving problems in fascinating languages from around the globe. Students use their ingenuity to solve puzzles in languages they don’t know. This could mean that they have to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphics, decode numerical spy codes, and interpret ancient Mayan poetry. No prior knowledge of linguistics or a second language is required, as even the hardest problems require only logical ability, patient work, and a willingness to think around corners.’