English competitions in general give a great opportunity for learners to improve their writing, speaking, reading translation skills, creativity, to develop the interest in the research field. The competitions are usually interesting and attract those who are really interested in English learning, learners like to show what they know and what they have learned.
As for me, would like to share my impressions and to write about the competitions where I participated. This competition held by City & Guilds is not the first for me, actually I don`t remember the first one but anyway they are all connected with English. Translation competitions are the most challenging from my point of view because you need not only to know English but a lot of other things as well.
Different types of texts require this or that way or strategy for translation and by the way it is not easy to make the text sound natural in English if you translate from Russian into English or in Russian if you translate it from English into Russian. I strongly believe that translators get experienced during their whole life, translating more and more texts, it is impossible to be taught how to translate just at once — it is a long process. But still there are also translation competitions for young translators and for students who can try to do it and to see the process of translation as it is. It is an interesting task to do I should say.
Once I came across the essay competition on the Internet on the website for English learners and decided to participate in order not to win something, I don`t do anything concerning English especially in order to win the prize, it was and now it is a kind of self-actualization — this is the way out for me, not to keep everything in my mind but also to express my ideas and to share this or that information with others and to make them interested in English as the English language is relevant in our modern world. So, coming back to the competition — I wrote an essay not expecting to get the prize but it happened so that one day I received an e-mail with congratulations — I was glad even though it was not the 1-st place but still. There were other competitions concerning English as well but holding by the travel agencies and the result was null, I have some ideas why it was so, but I would rather not express them here.
And now this competition — to tell the truth it was a great pleasure for me to find the information one day on the Internet about it and I said to myself that I would take part in it without hesitation. I had some essays that were written when I was for example the 2-nd year student and I sent them.
After a while I had a desire to write more and more and I started writing and I know that it helps to develop writing skills and creativity as well. It motivates me to do something useful and to teach English other people to explain the rules, and to see the results because they know how to say this or that phrase in English. And it is some kind of a thank from them. And English competitions are a great motivation for beginners in the language as well as the advanced learners.