/en/file/europeandayoflanguagessliderjpg-0European Day of Languages
There are between 6000 and 7000 languages in the world, of which 225 (or 3%) are indigenous to Europe. At the moment at least half of the world population speak or understand two or more languages. Bilingualism improves the thinking process and makes learning new languages easier.
European Day of Languages (EDL) is celebrated on 26 September and was first declared in 2001 by the Council of Europe. The aim of this day is to encourage language learning across Europe, promote linguistic diversity, increase intercultural understanding, and encourage lifelong language learning.
Here at EPALE we love languages – the platform is available in the 24 official languages of the EU. The EPALE helpdesk can be contacted in 6 languages – English, French, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish but users can also contact their national teams directly in their respective national language.
In honour of European Day of Languages EPALE has prepared lots of great content such as resources, blog posts and news which will be able to find on the platform in English, French, Romanian, German and other languages. Stay tuned for EPALE UK’s special Vine video on social media and check how their staff did on the internal language quiz. Keep an eye out for updates from EPALE Sweden who are participating in a ‘Language Café’ in Stockholm, and from EPALE Poland who are attending the conference "Assessment in language education" on 23-24 September in Warsaw.
Don’t miss out NSS Italy’s language competition on social media! And on 25 September EPALE Belgium (Flemish community) will attend the EDT conference ‘Languages for Social Inclusion’ and keep their social media followers informed. Don’t forget to follow the central and national teams on Facebook and Twitter for more updates on European Day of Languages.
For more information about EDL, you can check the Council of Europe’s dedicated website (available in 30 languages). There you can find interesting information about languages, language games, EDL events, trivia and much more!
The European Commission hosted an exciting panel debate on the topic of multilingualism. The video is available in 24 languages and can be viewed here.
Happy European Day of Languages!