Lugandan? It’s easy after Portuguese and Khazak!

Students at The Gleddings Preparatory School, Halifax, who have done well in  the Junior language Challenge.'10-year-olds Ruqaiyya Azeb, front, with, from the left, Jasmine Greenwood, Carmen Lau, Freya Atkinson, Ruby O'Hare and Oliver Fleming.
Students at The Gleddings Preparatory School, Halifax, who have done well in the Junior language Challenge.'10-year-olds Ruqaiyya Azeb, front, with, from the left, Jasmine Greenwood, Carmen Lau, Freya Atkinson, Ruby O'Hare and Oliver Fleming.
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A TEN-year-old schoolgirl has talked her way into the final of a national language competition to be held in London.

Along with five classmates, Ruqaiyya Azeb had to learn Portuguese and Kazakh to qualify for the semi-finals of the Junior Language Challenge.

While her fellow Gleddings School pupils Freya Atkinson, Oliver Fleming, Jasmine Greenwood, Carmen Lau and Ruby O’Hare, were knocked out, she will be in the final at the Olympia on October 21.

Each round of the contest requires participants to answer as many questions as possible in learning language quizzes.

For the final, Ruqaiyya will need to learn Lugandan, the most widely-used language of Uganda that is spoken by over 16 million people. Elizabeth Berry teaches French at Gleddings and said all the students had demonstrated a lot of hard work.

“We’re extremely proud of them. They don’t get a lot of help with it at school, they learn the languages through CD-Rom’s at home, so it’s something they do independently and they’ve shown a lot of determination,” she said.

“It says something about their personality that they’re so conscientious and determined that they want to try.

“They’re all very intelligent but Ruqaiyya is bright, committed and extremely hard-working.

“We’re very proud of her, she’s the fourth child we’ve had to reach the final.

Ruqaiyya said: “I can speak four languages. My favourite is Kazakh, which was very hard to learn. I’m really excited about going to down to London.”