Argentina: 11-year-old Bautista Sanchez Maldonado won a Greek language competition

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11-year-old Bautista Sanchez Maldonado from the Greek Language School of the Hellenic Community of Rosario, Argentina, is the winner of the first Etymology, Influence and Contribution of the Greek Language to World Languages ​​Competition, organised by the Hellenic Cultural Organisation Nostos of Argentina.

During the breaks from the ball, the young Bautista, studying the Greek language in-depth, managed to distinguish himself in the first Competition of Etymology, Influence and Contribution of the Greek Language to the Languages ​​of the World, winning the first prize.

The Greek Cultural Organisation 'Nostos' of Argentina organised the competition. It is a non-profit organisation with a history of 15 years, created by the doctor Christina Tsardikou, which has developed an essential action for disseminating Greek Letters and Greek culture.

In addition to the 11-year-old, who, thanks to the guidance of Evangelia's teacher Skardile Michaloutsou, won the first prize, Diana Isabel Oxalde Berisso from the National University of La Plata, Argentina, received a corresponding prize for the teachers.

The competition was addressed to primary and secondary school students of each country, with the guidance of a teacher as a member of the editorial team, but also to teachers who sent their own papers on the subject.

"The study of the Greek language through its timelessness allows us to discover the extent and richness of its vocabulary, but also the degree to which it influenced the vocabulary of other languages ​​through linguistic borrowing," says the president of Nostos, Christina Tsardikou.

"For various reasons", Ms Tsardikou continues, "such as the fact that the Greek language was used as a "lingua franca" for long periods in history or that Greek along with Latin was used in recent years as the languages ​​of the sciences and their teaching at universities, led to the formation of a linguistic map that has Greek solid colours.

In many sciences, we find words of Greek origin. Delving into the study of the vocabulary of a language leads to a significant expansion of our knowledge of the language itself and commits us to a continuous learning process", concludes the expatriate doctor, who two years ago was also distinguished in an international competition in Mexico (International Award Freedom of the Organization World Knowledge Summit-2021) for the 'highest performance, which she noted in the field of promoting culture and her professional career'.

Award-winning works will be published in a digital anthology.

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