Today is the European Day of Languages! Initiated by the Council of Europe more than ten years ago, its aim is to promote language learning while celebrating the linguistic cultural diversity of Europe.
Did you know there are about 225 indigenous languagues in Europe? That’s about 3% of the world’s languages.
Up until the end of the 18th century the most widespread European language was French, but it was taken over by Russian.
At least half of the world’s population are bilingual or plurilingual, that is they speak two or more languages.
Speaking more than one language has many benefits: it makes learning other languages easier, enhances the thinking process and makes you more open to other people and their cultures. It can also improve your job prospects.
What can you do to celebrate?
- Be proud of the language/s you speak
- Learn another language, even just a few phrases like ‘Hello, how are you?’
- Update your CV by promoting your language skills more
- Learn about another European culture