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26 Sep 2014

European Day of Languages

Today is the European day of languages, a chance for us to celebrate all that is great about plurilingualism and languages in Europe.


Source: www.coe.int


What is it? 

 

It is an initiative created by the Council of Europe and has been celebrated every year since 2001. Its aim is to encourage millions of Europeans to learn and enjoy languages at all ages, in and outside of school. The council of Europe wants to promote bilingualism as a tool to achieve greater intercultural understanding.


What happens?


Across the numerous European countries a vast array of events take place. This includes theatre performances, language workshops, presentations and cultural events giving insight to a particular country's traditions. Everyone of all ages can get involved; students, parents, teachers, school & universities, groups of friends, individuals...


Why languages are awesome...


  • There are between 6,000 and 7,000 different languages in the world.
  • Most of the world's languages are spoken in Asia and Africa
  • Bilingualism brings with it many benefits: it makes the learning of additional languages easier, enhances the thinking process and fosters contacts with other people and their cultures.
  • Jobs are more easily available to those who speak several languages and multilingual companies have a better competitive edge. 
  • Russia has by far the highest number of languages spoken on its territory: from 130 to 200.
  • Due to the influx of immigration, Europe has become very multilingual. London alone is home to over 300 different languages!


Source: dgtully.com



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