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European Day of Languages

On 26th September 2021, it is the European Day of Languages.

What is the European Day of Languages?

The European Day of Languages was founded in 2001 by the Council of Europe and the European Union to celebrate linguistic diversity in Europe and promote language learning.

The European Day of Languages website explains why a focus on language and understanding is important:

Europe is rich in languages - there are over 200 European languages and many more spoken by citizens whose family origin is from other continents. This is an important resource to be recognised, used and cherished.

Language learning brings benefits to young and old - you are never too old to learn a language and to enjoy the opportunities it opens up. Even if you only know a few words of the language of the country that you visit (for example on holiday), this enables you to make new friends and contacts.

Learning other peoples' languages is a way of helping us to understand each other better and overcome our cultural differences.

How can we get involved?

The European Day of Languages invites everyone to get involved:

Everyone really can get involved in the European Day of Languages, even if it is just about inviting neighbours from different cultures for tea or decorating the house with the European Day of Languages posters and stickers. You may not become a polyglot in the space of a day but it is likely to widen your horizons and it will almost certainly be an enjoyable and fulfilling experience!

There are lots of fabulous resources on their website including:

 

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