BYU Language Fairs

BYU’s annual language fairs brings hundreds of middle and high school students together in competitions and activities related to their language studies.

PROVO, Utah (April 16, 2015)—A new crowd took BYU by storm as hundreds of students from middle and high schools all over Utah converged on campus for the annual BYU Language Fairs. The fairs are part of BYU’s commitment to promoting language studies throughout Utah, and university students ran language- and culture-based activities that put language skills to the test. Whether through immersion in the Spanish fair’s Españolandia or application in various competitions, the fairs gave visiting students an unforgettable experience in Chinese, French, German, Latin, Russian, and Spanish studies.

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The Chinese language fair featured traditional music and instruments from China.

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The N. Eldon Tanner building hosted the Chinese language fair.

Students took part in brief introductory lessons in martial arts.

Students took part in brief introductory lessons in martial arts.

Even the entertainment was hands on, and visiting students could interact with the goings on.

Even the entertainment was hands on, and visiting students could interact with culture face to face.

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Students performed a traditional Chinese dance for spectators to enjoy.

The French Language Fair indulged in some of the more eccentric points of French history.

The French language fair indulged in some of the more eccentric points of French history.

Students took part in a mock health check as part of passing through customs.

Students took part in a mock health check as part of passing through customs.

Students enjoyed the Joseph F. Smith building's courtyard while resting from the French Language Fair.

Students enjoyed the Joseph F. Smith building’s courtyard during the French language fair.

The German Language Fair offered students the chance to by keepsakes like hats, chocolates and stuffed bears.

The German language fair offered students the chance to buy keepsakes like hats, chocolates and stuffed bears.

Students could also enjoy German cuisine.

Students could also enjoy German cuisine.

Attending BYU students dressed in traditional German costumes.

BYU students, dressed in traditional German costumes, looked the part.

BYU students also dressed as German officials while running the fair.

BYU students “guarded” the exits while running the Spanish language fair.

Sombreros were seen aplenty at the Spanish Language Fair.

It was easy to spot sombreros at the Spanish language fair.

BYU students didn't miss the chance to dress up however they could while working the Spanish Language Fair.

BYU students didn’t miss the chance to dress up however they could while working the Spanish language fair.