European Language Day 2023: The European Day of Languages (E.D.L.) is observed on September 26 annually. This day promotes language learning and the preservation of linguistic heritage. The overarching objective is to promote and preserve Europe’s rich linguistic and cultural diversity. It also seeks to broaden the range of languages that people acquire over the course of their lives in an effort to promote multilingualism and intercultural understanding. E.D.L. offers the opportunity to recognize all of Europe’s languages, especially those spoken less frequently and by migrants.
E.D.L. is included in the Language Policy Programme. The bulk of the program is geared toward national education authorities and practitioners in this field. This campaign intends to persuade the general public of the value of learning multiple languages.
History of European Language Day
In 1997, the concept of organizing a campaign to persuade the general public of the significance of language learning was conceived. At the Language learning for a new Europe conference, the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (C.E.F.R.) and the concept of plurilingualism were introduced.
The first European Day of Languages took place on September 26, 2001. It was the main event of the European Day of Languages campaign, which was organized in conjunction with the European Union. The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe decided that this day would be celebrated annually on September 26 due to the success of this event.
Language acquisition is not only about communication. In addition, it fosters tolerance and mutual understanding between people of various linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Numerous awareness-raising initiatives and publications, such as “The Celebration of Linguistic Diversity,” have highlighted the significance of multilingualism. The European Day of Languages is the ideal time to recognize the dozens of languages spoken in Europe. The primary objectives of this day are to celebrate linguistic diversity in Europe, the multilingualism of its citizens, and lifelong language learning, as well as to promote its rich diversity by encouraging people to be receptive to other languages and cultures.
EUROPEAN DAY OF LANGUAGES FAQs
What is the number of languages spoken in Europe?
Europe has twenty-four official languages, with up to two hundred languages spoken throughout the continent.
Which language is the oldest in Europe?
According to the majority of linguists and specialists, Euskera is the oldest living language in Europe.
What are the three official European Union languages?
Although all 24 official languages of the European Union are recognized as working languages, only three, English, French, and German, are widely used in practice, with English being the most common.
HOW TO OBSERVE DAY OF EUROPEAN LANGUAGES
Acquire a second language
The best way to commemorate this day is by studying a new language. If you have been delaying learning a new language, now is the time to begin.
Attend a language celebration
Numerous initiatives are organized throughout Europe, with the most renowned festival taking place on the Students’ Square in Belgrade.
Support and promote language learning
After learning a new language, you can share the knowledge you’ve obtained. This will encourage others to begin learning a foreign language.
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