Linguatastic Language School – May 2024

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UN's International Day

With so many horrific conflicts in the world at the moment, we wanted, in this month’s article, to highlight 16th May, which is the UN’s International Day of Living Together in Peace.

Education in general, and one might say, language education in particular, is an important tool in fostering peace. It promotes tolerance, understanding and respect for diversity. The more people who speak another language, the more opportunity there is for dialogue and the more opportunity there is for people to share experiences and for bridges to be built between different cultures.


Basingstoke Music and Arts Festival has a class in which children can enter a poem they have translated from one language into another. The poem below, was translated by a Linguatastic child from French into English. It not only illustrates the way culture can be shared and dialogue increased by it simply having been translated from one language into another, but the content of the poem itself is very poignant when thinking about peace in humanity.

The original poem is called Ton Christ est juif and is by Julos Beaucarne. Here is a part of its translation by 9-year-old Matteo:

Your Christ is Jewish
Your car is Japanese
Your couscous is Algerian
Your democracy is Greek
Your coffee is Brazilian
Your chianti is Italian
And you reproach your neighbour for being a foreigner.

Your watch is Swiss
Your shirt is Italian
Your radio is Korean
Your holidays are Tunisian
Your numbers are Arabic
Your writing is Latin
And you reproach your neighbour for being a foreigner.

Your lemons come from Morocco
Your lychees from Madagascar
Your chillies from Senegal
Your mangoes come from Bangui
Your coconuts from Ivory Coast
Your pineapples from California
And you reproach your neighbour for being a foreigner.


The full version can be found on Linguatastic’s Facebook page

And if you, like Linguatastic, appreciate the value in learning another language and would like to open up your mind, please get in touch.

Tel: 01256 471474