European Day of Languages

The European Day of Languages is an initiative of the Council of Europe that is celebrated every year on 26 September. It was launched in 2001 to promote language learning and to preserve the linguistic richness of our continent. As part of this initiative, a whole series of events will take place across Europe in the days and weeks to come.

Come and discover the European Day of Languages website today, hosted by the Council of Europe. There you will find the calendar of events, as well as fascinating linguistic gems for language aficionados, such as historical language facts, unique ‘untranslatable’ words in each language, tongue-twisters, false friends, palindromes, etc.

As part of the European Day of Languages, the European Parliament will open its doors to the public on Saturday 29 September. Linguists will be on hand to immerse participants in the worlds of translation and interpreting through discussion and Q&A sessions (managing documents in 24 languages, the ins and outs of interpreting, recruitment, life-long learning, etc.)

Just like every year, the European Commission has prepared a poster including quotations in all the official languages of the European Union. One by one, these quotations were posted on the Facebook page ‘Translating for Europe’ throughout September. The Commission has also compiled a list of events taking place in the European Union as part of the European Day of Languages.

For its part, the Council of the European Union has given a platform to its trainee linguists to promote the linguistic diversity of the EU. In a series of videos posted on YouTube, trainees of different nationalities were invited to recount folk tales from their country in their own language (with English subtitles).


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