Nov 2020 – Jan 2021 Workshop Materials

Please watch the AILO workshop introduction video here on Youtube and try the three puzzles below.

We have two live Zoom Discussion sessions for any students / teachers  who don’t have an AILO tutor Zoom visit in your school this year. These are taking place at 6pm Wednesday 9th December 2020 and 6pm Wednesday 13th January 2021.

Sign up for these free events at AILO Solution Discussion Sign up

Puzzle 1 – Norwegian

Puzzle 2 – Phoenician

Puzzle 3 – Swahili


Please only look at the solutions below after your zoom tutor session or once you have tried the puzzles yourself. There is an introduction to the solutions on YouTube and this links to the videos below:

Norwegian Solution PDF and Solution Video on YouTube

Phoenician Solution PDF and Solution Video on YouTube

Swahili Solution PDF and Solution Video on YouTube

2021 AILO Sample Sets

Download Sample Set One

Download Sample Set Two

You can view previous years’ puzzles by clicking on the year in the Practice Puzzles navigation bar. Also, below there are links to more resources.

AILO Puzzles to do at Home

We have put together some AILO puzzles for secondary school students to do while they are at home. These are fun problems which encourage students to develop their lateral-thinking skills and introduce them to new languages. They are also closely linked with the school curricula and the PISA problem-solving competencies.

All materials can be accessed here.

The AILO Online Practice Round

Get a feel for how AILO Online works! Try some online practice questions that will give you your results automatically and show you what kind of questions come up during the competition. Visit ailo-online to try some practice questions!

International Linguistics Olympiad (IOL)

Samples, IOL Problems by Year and Solvers’ Choice

Other National Linguistic Olympiad Resources

UK Linguistics Olympiad (UKLO)

North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO)

Problems from the Princeton Linguistics Challenge.