About the uTalk JLC

uTalk is a language learning company who believe that speaking just a few words in another language can help make the world a better, friendlier place. Our fantastic app has over 60 useful topics in more than 140 languages and works on almost any device!

For over 15 years we have been running the UK’s only language competition for primary aged children, the 'uTalk Junior Language Challenge’. This year it’s back with a few improvements!

Schools (or individuals) registering children for the uTalk JLC 2019 will be able to choose which language they learn from more than 140 available languages (except French, Swedish and Slovak).

Registration costs only £5 per child and gives each participant access to 12 topics of the uTalk app * for the rest of the school year (2019/20). Every child will be provided with a unique username and password which they can use to login to the uTalk app as well as view their scores, progress and achievements in their very own online dashboard. Teachers will also get access to the same 12 topics as the children.

This year there will not be a national final, instead, children will take part in regional finals. Round One will start in September and run until 10am Friday December 20th 2019. Children can start scoring points as soon as they have downloaded the app and logged in using the username and password they will be supplied with.

Pupils who score 500 points (out of a possible 3,960) will go through to Round Two, which will run from 10am on Monday 6th January 2020 until 10am Friday 27th March 2020. Children will be learning the same 12 topics in French with the 30 highest scorers in each region going through to their regional final where they will compete against the clock and each other to be named uTalk JLC Champion for that region. In the event of more than 30 children in each region achieving full marks, we will unlock extra French topics for them to learn to help select the top 30.


* 12 Topics - Starter Words, Holiday, Numbers up to 20, Time, Body, Clothes, Colours, Calendar, Leisure, School, Animals and Fruit
Regions - Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, North East, North West, Yorkshire and Humber, East Midlands, West Midlands, East of England, London, South East and South West

For more detailed information about the competition download our handy Guide to the JLC 2019 or view our FAQ's