September 26th 2014 is the European Day of Languages organised by the Council of Europe and the European Union. It is celebrated to promote language learning throughout the world.
• To raise awareness amongst the general public of the importance of learning languages at any age whether for professional or academic purposes or for leisure.
• To make people aware of the large number of languages there are in Europe and the world and to encourage cultural awareness.
• There are as many as 7000 languages spoken in the world, spoken by 7 billion people.
• There are 225 indigenous languages in Europe – around 3% of the total worldwide.
• People living in Europe are coming across foreign languages more and more in their daily lives, therefore it is essential to promote interest in learning new langauges.
• Although some languages have over 50,000 words, each speaker usually knows only a fraction of that vocabulary!
• If you know one other foreign language, you will find it much easier to learn a third and fourth language and possibly more!
• Knowing other languages brings economic benefits: more jobs will be available to you if you speak other languages. Multilingual companies can compete in foreign markets, increasing their competitive edge.
• Due to immigration, in London 300 different languages are now spoken.
Find out everything you need to know about the European Day of Languages from the Council of Europe.
Find out about events that took place across Europe in previous years here.