European Day of Languages

Today we celebrate the European Day of Languages. This day is organized by the Council of Europe and its 47 member states. Why is there a Day of Languages? There are plenty of reasons, but we will insist on the following three:

1. Europe is rich in languages

Do you know how many languages are spoken in Europe? No idea? There are over 225 European languages, most of which are regional or minority languages. In addition, there are other European citizens whose family origin is from other continents. For example, think of Spain. How many official languages are spoken in our country? How many foreign languages can you study at school? What about your classmates whose parents are from other countries? Amazing, isn’t it?

2. Foreign languages are needed in today’s job market

In the present situation most people looking for a job are expected to speak at least two foreign languages. If you don’t speak other languages apart from Spanish, it will be very difficult to find some jobs.

3. Learning a foreign language widens your personal and intellectual horizons

Learning other peoples’ languages is fun. It helps you understand other peoples and cultures and you can always visit other countries and make new friends and contacts. Look!

If you want to know more…

Visit The languages of Europe

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One thought on “European Day of Languages

  1. I hope Esperanto won’t be forgotten.

    I would like to argue the case for wider use of Esperanto. It is a planned language which belongs to no one country or group of states.

    Take a look at learn.esperanto.org.uk

    Esperanto works! I’ve used it in speech and writing in about fifteen countries over recent years. I recommend it to any traveller, as a way of making friendly local contacts.

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