The European Year of Languages 2001, jointly organised by the Council of Europe and the European Union, was successful in involving millions of people across 45 participating countries. Its activities celebrated linguistic diversity in Europe and promoted language learning.
The general objectives of the European Day of Languages are:
- Alerting the public to the importance of language learning and diversifying the range of languages learnt in order to increase plurilingualism and intercultural understanding;
- Promoting the rich linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe, which must be preserved and fostered;
- Encouraging lifelong language learning in and out of school, whether for study purposes, for professional needs, for purposes of mobility or for pleasure and exchanges.
To test out your recognition of Europe’s different languages TALK TO ME: a game
So you’re good at playing memory games? Here’s a real challenge for you! On the cards you will find the flags and names of the 34 ‘European Centre for Modern Languages’ member states. As you match pairs an explanation will appear on the right hand side. Have fun! LANGUAGE-FLAG MEMORY GAME
Test your knowledge about the languages of our continent: LANGUAGE QUIZ
If the quiz is difficult, you can read these Language Facts: LANGUAGE FACTS
ENJOY YOUR LESSON!
JUVENES TRANSLATORES CONTEST 2009
The contest is being organised for 17 year-olds in secondary schools throughout the European Union. They will be required to translate a text in any language pair of their choice among the 23 official languages of the EU.
Translators from the European Commission will mark and select the best translation for each Member State. The winners will be invited to a two-day visit to Brussels!
Contest day: 24 November 2009