Category Archives: Language-learning events

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Let’s celebrate all languages

Language is such an important part of life. It shapes our interaction, our relationships and even the thoughts and feelings that we have as people. Different languages shape us in different ways, so imagine how boring the world would be without linguistic diversity.

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International Mother Language Day

On 21 February 1952 a group of students were demonstrating for recognition of their mother tongue, Bangla, as a national language of what was then part of Pakistan. Tragically some of these students were killed during the demonstration. International Mother Language Day has been observed on this date every year since 1999, with the aim of promoting awareness of linguistic and cultural identity all over the world.

Awareness of traditions

According to UNESCO, encouraging people to celebrate their mother tongues will not just promote linguistic diversity, but will inspire solidarity between people based on understanding, tolerance and dialogue.

Help save dying languages

The name busuu comes from a language of the same name in Cameroon. With only eight living speakers of busuu, it’s really important that those people celebrate their language and try to pass it onto others before the language dies out. At busuu we made a video to help save the language we are named after.

Celebrate languages with busuu

Learning any language is a celebration of linguistic diversity. Here at busuu we offer 12 different languages and we believe people should learn new languages but also share and celebrate their own culture and heritage. With our massive online community you can connect with users from all over the world, speaking hundreds of different languages.

What’s your mother language? Is it the language you usually speak?

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European Day of Languages 2013

Since 2001, the European Day of Languages has been held every year on 26 September. It aims to encourage Europe’s 800 million inhabitants, whatever their age, to learn more languages to help intercultural understanding and preserve our heritage.

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Who’s it for?

The European Day of Languages is for everyone! From students and teachers to you and your next-door neighbour, the aim is to have a fun experience and learn a bit more about new languages and cultures.

 

Where can I take part?

If you want to get involved, look out for activities such as language classes and conferences. If you can’t make it to one of these, there are also television and radio programmes, and online activities.

Search for an event near you on the European Day of Languages website.

 

I have an idea for an event!

Why not arrange your own activity, such as a film evening with movies in different languages or a special dinner with different dishes from a range of countries.

 

Can I do something smaller?

Why not invite your friends or neighbours from different cultures for tea and a quiz based on fun language facts? You could also simply decorate your home, classroom or local community meeting place with posters.

 

What will you do?

Let us know in the comments if you’ll take part in an event or even organise your own! Even if you can’t get to an activity, don’t forget to log on to busuu on 26 September to continue your own language learning and talk to native speakers!