European voices – Portrait of a continent

European voices follows on from successful European collaboration projects.

In this project, schools have been asked to send a photograph of their school together with the top 5 words or phrases which their pupils reckon overseas visitors to their school should be able to say and understand.

The children’s photos and language phrase book will be published here :

From the Canary Islands






Palabra o expresión

(Word or phrase)

¿Cómo se pronuncia?*

(How is it spoken?)

Significado en inglés

(Meaning in English)

¿Dónde está el supermercado? ‘don de es ‘ta el su per mer ‘ka ðo Where is the supermarket?
Vivo en … ‘bi βo en I live in …
¿Dónde está la parada de guagua? ‘don de es ‘ta la pa ‘ra ða ðe ‘ɣwa ɣwa Where is the nearest bus stop?
¿Cómo puedo llegar a…? ‘ko mo ‘pwe ðo ʎe ‘ɣar a How can I get to …?
¿Qué idioma hablas? ‘ke i ‘ðjo ma ‘a βlas What languages do you speak?

* Transcripción fonética con símbolos del Alfabeto Fonético Internacional (AFI)

From Rodriguez de Celis School in Paracuelles, Cantabria, Spain

Spanish phrases

San José  school in Cantabria

San José in Cantabria

Albolafia CdA

Comunidad educativa del CEIP Albolafia

These are the links to our school ( in Google Maps and What3words app.

Link to Google Maps location:

Link to what3words app location:á.sentimos.poseían

2nd Kindergarten of Peania

The 2nd Kindergarten of Peania
Website: http: //


MEP Paul Brannen visited a photo exhibition of  the young faces of Europe with Chairman of Durham County Council, Cllr Jan Blakey and Durham’s Deputy Mayor, Cllr Dr Bill Moir.


The exhibition has proven to be very popular and has had its run extended.

A special quiz for children has been developed to complement the exhibition. Click the link above for the questions. The solution can be found here quiz answers

The European Coal and Steel Community was first proposed by French foreign minister Robert Schuman on 9 May 1950 as a way to prevent further war between France and Germany. He declared his aim was to “make war not only unthinkable but materially impossible.”

In 2012, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the European Union “for over six decades [having] contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe.”

In 2015, at a time of war, terrorist attack and instability, young people from across the European Union chose to express their own personal wishes for their future in their continent.

klara - hungary 2

Je rêve d’une Europe accueillante, ouverte à tous, où tous les êtres humains sont égaux. Une Europe où la pauvreté et la guerre sont exclues. Une Europe où les enfants sont tous fiers d’être européens .

I dream of a Europe which is welcoming, open to all and where all humans are equal. A Europe where poverty and war are banished. A Europe where all children are proud to be Europeans.

Juliette, Belgium

For the sake of us, children, I hope Europe preserves the peace on our continent and in the world.

Anastasia ( 12 ), Bulgaria

I hope that there won’t be any wars and no refugees in future. I hope Europe will be a happy place where we will  have all equal chances. I hope i will become a film director and my films will be shown in all European countries.

Tin (11), Croatia

My hope is for lots of robots in Europe, I like robots. I would like to see Holland, London and Paris. I would love to fly all over Europe, but I fly, not in a plane. My mum wants a Europe that is closer and stronger together.

Panayiotis, Cyprus

Tobiáš vzkazuje všem dětem v Evropě, že jim přeje, aby byly v dětství šťastné a měly kolem sebe lidi, kteří je mají rádi a až budou dospělí, ať žijí spokojený život.

To all children in Europe Tobiáš wishes a happy childhood spent surrounded by people who love them and a satisfied life when they grow up.

Tobiáš (10), Czech Republic

I hope for my future that the countries of Europe will continue to help each other. I also hope that for times to come there will remain a diversity among the different countries that each country can experience and learn from.

Kirstine, Denmark

Kui suureks saan, siis tahan elada koos sõpradega. Elama jääksin Eestisse aga reisiksin palju teistesse Euroopa riikidesse. Näiteks tahan ära käia Inglismaal. Seal on mul sõbrad, kellega suhtlen xboxi kaudu.  Soovin saada elektrikuks, kes oskab ka arvuteid parandada. Vabal ajal meeldib suhelda sõpradega läbi xboxi ja arvuti.

When I grow up I would like to live together with my friends. My residence place would be Estonia but I would like to travel to other European countries. For example I dream to visit England. I’ve got friends there with whome I communicate via xbox. I want to become an electrician who can repair computers. In spare time I like to communicate with my friends via xbox and computer.

Kristjan(12), Estonia

I would like to travel around Europe. For example, it would be nice to visit Germany again.

Aamos (11), Finland

Pour L’Europe j’aimerai qu’en 2050 il y ait moins de pollution. Pour L’Europe j’aimerai qu’il n’y ait pas d’attentats.

I would like Europe in 2050 to have less pollution and for there to be no more terrorist attacks.

Etienne (9), Clémence (5), France

United in diversity!

Klára, Hungary

My wish for Europe is for people to become greener and make the world a better place for every living thing. I wish that all young people grow up to be free thinkers that are happy, loyal and kind.

Keela (10), Ireland

I’m 12 and my name is Allegra, which means happy and cheerful in Italian. I would like the meaning of my name to be shared by everyone  all over the world. No more hunger, no more violence : I hope Europe will lead the way to a better and happier world.

Allegra (12), Italy

I hope for a good future of the European Union. I think that more countries will join the European Union. I really want  that wars will end and there will not be terror acts. I hope scientists will work faster and invent more needed things.

Gvido (12), Latvia

I would like to always be able to go where I want in Europe to visit my family and friends in Luxembourg, Ireland and Spain. I like having friends from different nationalities. I don’t know what I want to become when I am older but I like to think I can go anywhere I like.

Clara (9). Luxembourg

I dream of growing up in a united Europe that celebrates diversity and embraces the values of love, peace and respect.

Martha, Malta

Because of Europe we live in peace and as long as we stick together, we’ll stay in peace. Working together is important, because you can help each other. I like it too when my friends help me, when I’m in trouble!

Djem Mae (11),Netherlands

When I think about my future, I see myself  working and living in Romania, my country. but feeling like an European citizen. But I would like to be not just a Romanian citizen, but also an European citizen, to be able to feel like I am “home” in every European country.

Dora (14), Romania

Many nations but one goal ; a full life in peace and tranquillity in the EU.

Alexandra (14), Slovakia

Children of Europe – you are the key to the future. You are the next generation and you should be determined to shape the world and inspire those around you. The world would not be the same if you were not part of it. Follow your dreams and never give up on yourself. Dream. Believe. Achieve.

Jack (10) and Katie (10), United Kingdom

My dream is a better Europe for people, animals and the environment.

João, Portugal

Je souhaite que les pays européens travaillent tous ensemble, qu’ils soient plus solidaires entre eux et qu’ils arrivent à résoudre leurs problèmes actuels. Et je souhaite un bel avenir à tous les jeunes Européens.

I hope that European countries work together, that they show greater unity and that they manage to solve their current problems. I wish all young Europeans a great future.

Lucie (14), France 

Europa bedeutet für mich – ich kann überall hinfahren und wir sind auch offen für alle Freunde….!!

Europe means to me – I can go everywhere and we are open to all friends as well.

Lukas (15), Germany

I want peace in the world.

Agne (10) Lithuania

2 Comments Add yours

  1. bob perrie says:

    if these children are the future, the future is in good hands.

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