The time has come around again to celebrate the European Day of Languages, which will be taking place this Saturday, 26 September 2015.
The event, first established by the Council of Europe and the European Union in 2001, takes place yearly and was created with the purpose of promoting language learning, multiculturalism and linguistic diversity across Europe.
Several events take place throughout Europe around this time, including conferences, language classes, games, television programmes and activities for children – encouraging individuals from all age groups to take on the beneficial challenge of mastering a new language! The organisers of these activities are given the freedom to plan them as they choose, so there are no set guidelines to be followed, instead anyone, anywhere can celebrate the day and join in with their local or national festivities.
It’s widely agreed that learning another language can help to open up career opportunities, with many people relocating to make the most of their multilingual skills. More and more businesses universally are making sure that they find ways to cater to their target markets internationally and schools are keen to champion the learning of other cultures so as to prepare their students to integrate with people from all walks of life.
More than half of the people within the EU can speak a minimum of two languages, around 54% of Europeans are able to have dialogues in at least one additional language and at least 25% can converse in two additional languages. Such figures could grow, especially with the increase of easily accessible and user-friendly language learning apps such as Babbel.
Babbel is supported by the European Regional Developmental Fund and features both beginner and advanced levels, including techniques to help aid in spoken, written and general understanding of a new language.
So with technology, businesses, governmental and educational institutions embracing multilingualism, whether it’s for leisure or career purposes, now seems the perfect time to take up a new language.