Brazil will have a representative team at the International Linguistics Olympiad. The stage will take place on the Isle of Man, a British crown territory, from 25-29 July.
Augusto Zanardi Crepe, 17, is part of the Brazilian team of eight. They were all selected during the Brazilian Olympiad in Linguistics (OBL), which had their last face-to-face meeting in Brasilia, at the end of May.
The young man is from the city of Bauru, in the interior of São Paulo, and said that learning languages has always been something that caught his eye. Augusto said he is a fan of grammar and languages, which is why he was pleased to be able to join the team.
Motivation to learn guides the team
International Linguistics Olympiad is one of the 13 International Olympic Games Science for high school students, and has been held every year since 2003.
With each issue, a team of young people from all over the world come together and test their language skills and logical ability to solve the world’s most difficult puzzles in language and linguistics.
“The coolest thing about linguistics is that it is not limited to the humanities. It is a science that includes a little bit of everything, from mathematics to logic. I am very excited to be able to represent our city and our country as well at an event like this. It is a pleasure to take the name Bauru and the region are in this achievement,” says Augusto.
To reach the final stage, the young man and the whole team participated in three National qualification stagesStarted in September 2021.
The student said that until the end of the national election the team had no specific preparation or direction for the conflict. According to Augusto, they were guided by motives and the possibility of discovering new things.
“What attracts me the most is the magic of learning new ways of solving the same thing. Linguistics allows you to learn more about our world and makes you realize how you can think in different ways on the same topic. It is this fascination with the unknown and the new that excites me most about linguistics.”
Today, Augusto, a law student at Largo São Francisco Law School, University of São Paulo (USP), competes in all stages as a representative of the Industrial Technical College (CTI), affiliated with the State University of São Paulo (Unesp) in Bauru, where he attended secondary and technical education in computer science.
At the International Olympiad, Augusto explained that the group would have to solve traditional linguistic problems in a language, usually sparse and unknown. The challenge involves translation, content and expressions.
“I am very excited to be able to participate in this event with my colleagues. We are working hard and hope it will be a great learning week. But, yes, unfortunately this is the last step,” he said.
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