European Languages Day is celebrated every year on September 26th. The main mission of the holiday is to inform people about the benefits of learning foreign languages. This strengthens the relationships between peoples, cultures, and nations. In addition, the holiday demonstrates the diversity of linguistic culture on the European continent. Today, 47 countries take part in the celebrations.
The Council of Europe, as well as the European Union, declared 2001 the Year of European Languages, an initiative that proved successful, with 45 countries joining. Throughout the year, events were held to celebrate European diversity. Since then, this holiday is celebrated every year on September 26.
- The holiday calls for the study of foreign languages throughout one’s life.
- Scientists predict that about half of the languages on the planet will disappear in the 21st century. This happens when at least two generations are not brought up in their native language environment.
- The modern world is a multilingual environment, so it is important to motivate people to learn foreign languages in order to increase tolerance and understanding between people.
- Writers and screenwriters have come up with about 200 non-existent languages for their works.
How to take part
Start learning a foreign language. Today, this can be done with the help of online courses, and it will be interesting for any child to attend a language camp. The easiest way is to install a special application on your smartphone, with which the learning process will turn into exciting entertainment. Celebrate the holiday on social networks – this is the best way to involve people in learning and development, as well as make new friends in other countries.
When is European Languages Day in 2023?
European Languages Day is observed on September 26 each year.