European Day of Languages 2019

Eva María Valero and Clara Martín. B1ZZ

Infanta Elena Video   2019   European Day of Languages 2019   

According to National Geographic data, a language dies every 14 days. If we don’t do anything to change it, at this rate in 2100 more than half of 6000 languages that currently exist may have disappeared. To avoid this, for 14 years, every 26th of September we celebrate the International European Day of Languages. Proclaimed by the Council in Strasbourg, which promotes plurilingualism in the whole of Europe.

 

OUR CONTINENT

Europe is rich in languages, around 200 languages are spoken in our continent..

The most spoken languages are: Chinese, Spanish, English, Arab, Hindi, Bengali, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, Panjabi. And some that are not so used: Aka, Chemehuevi, Hupa, Wintu, Tehuelche.

Have you ever wondered why are the languages so important if for us, knowing our own maternal language is enough?. Language learning brings benefits to young and old people. It’s a way of helping us to understand each other better and overcome our cultural differences.

And what about songs that you listen to in other languages?, Don’t  you feel the necessity of knowing what they say? And what about when you travel or you want to study or abroad? Think about going on Erasmus, meeting new people and discovering different customs. You will find it more difficult than learning a different language.

 

INTERESTING FACTS

  • At least half of the world’s population is bilingual.
  • Bilingualism brings with it many benefits: it makes the learning of additional languages easier.
  • Languages are related to each other because they all belong to the large Indo-European family.

 

What is the difference between brains of people who only speak one language and those who manage more than one? People who are plurilingual use more regions of their brains than others who just know their maternal language. Also is good for increasing our memory with a remarkable difference, learning two or more languages make easier the exams, this is because we are constantly training our brain. And this is not all, it also helps to avoid illnesses like Alzheimer.

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