Language student talks his way to Beijing contest

The Oxford Times: Oliver Sayeed, left, who is off to Beijing to represent the UK in the International Linguistics Olympiad, and Antony Bracey, 16, who just missed out on a place Buy this photo Oliver Sayeed, left, who is off to Beijing to represent the UK in the International Linguistics Olympiad, and Antony Bracey, 16, who just missed out on a place

WILL he be able to talk the talk in Beijing?

Abingdon School pupil Oliver Sayeed has been selected for the second year running to represent the UK at the International Linguistics Olympiad.

The 12th annual contest will take place in Beijing, China from July 21 to 25 where Oliver will be trying to talk down competitors from around the world.

Oliver, 18, who lives in Abingdon, said: “It is an exciting prospect being in the UK team for the second year in a row, and having a go at some more tricky but fun puzzles.”

From the 1,076 students who competed in the contest’s first round, just four students were selected to represent the UK.

Oliver and Anthony Bracey, also at Abingdon School and aged 16, were amongst the 17 students who made it through to the final round of selection.

Anthony, from Lambourn, near Wantage, who is in the fifth form at Abingdon School, just missed out on a place in Beijing.

He said: “I was extremely surprised but elated to have got through to the second round.

“The linguistics problems were tough, although fun as well.

“It was great to meet so many other like-minded people with a passion for languages.”

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