26 September: European Day of Languages!

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At the initiative of the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, the European Day of Languages has been celebrated every year since 2001 on 26 September.

Throughout Europe, 800 million Europeans represented in the Council of Europe’s 47 member states are encouraged to learn more languages, at any age, in and out of school. Being convinced that linguistic diversity is a tool for achieving greater intercultural understanding and a key element in the rich cultural heritage of our continent, the Council of Europe promotes plurilingualism in the whole of Europe.


Statement by Antonio Miloshoski, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe:

Respect for others’ languages, cultures and identities is a precondition for creating a European space for mutual respect and cooperation in Europe, said Minister Miloshoski, Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

On the occasion of the annual European Day of Languages celebrated throughout the Council of Europe’s 47 member states, he stressed that:  “Linguistic intolerance and insecurity are best countered through language learning and intercultural understanding, or ‘compréhension’ in French, or ‘skilningur’ in Icelandic, or ‘mõistmine’ in Estonian, or ‘tuiscint’ in Irish, or ‘zrozumienie’ in Polish or ‘razbiranje’ in Macedonian.”


The UK’s National Relay is CILT, the National Centre for Languages. To sign their language pledge, go here.

To learn more, visit the official EDL website.

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