Happy 26 September, the European Day of Languages! Did you know there are between 6000 and 7000 languages in the world – spoken by 7 billion people divided into 189 independent states? Or that at least half of the world’s population are bilingual or plurilingual, i.e. they speak two or more languages? Today is the day when people all over the world celebrate language learning, from fun activities in schools and colleges to national campaigns across Europe to promote languages and to acknowledge the important role that learning a language plays in a wider cultural context.
Here are 3 fun facts for today: