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Welcome to our much-loved, annual children’s language competition which helps thousands of youngsters learn languages. The 2019/20 competition has now launched and we’d love you to join in the fun!

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What is the uTalk JLC?

The uTalk Junior Language Challenge is a UK-wide competition for primary school-age pupils aimed at showing children how easy and fun it can be to learn languages.

In return for a £5 entry fee, children are given access to the uTalk language learning app which helps them develop speaking and listening skills in other languages.

Since its launch in 2004 by language company uTalk, the uTalk JLC has helped more than 25,000 children learn languages ranging from Arabic to Zulu.

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What's new for 2019?

  • Two rounds in the same academic year, starting in September.
  • Schools can now choose which one of uTalk’s 140+ languages their pupils learn in Round One.
  • Round Two will feature French.
  • Easier qualification to Round Two.
  • Regional finals, no national final.
  • Children will use the uTalk app which works on all mainstream phones, tablets and computers.

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Watch the video

Competitors, teachers and parents at the 2017 final tell us just what it is they love about the uTalk Junior Language Challenge



Important news: following onebillion's amazing $5 million funding scoop, the uTalk JLC won't be supporting the charity for 2019/20.


Makes language learning fun

Introduces exciting new languages

Encourages independent learning

Excellent value

Prizes to be won

Play at home or school


What people say about the uTalk JLC

There are lots of reasons to join this year’s uTalk Junior Language Challenge, but don’t take our word for it. Children, teachers and parents alike all love it!

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Each year when the initial language is announced a buzz of excitement goes around the school. It is a great motivator and has really brought languages to life. Teresa Stark St Helen’s College, Uxbridge​