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GOOD DAY TO START: EUROPEAN DAY OF LANGUAGES!

September 26, 2011

Dear Students,

Welcome to your Advanced English course at the school of languages. I hope you enjoy this year and learn while enjoying the lessons and this blog.

Did you know that today is the EUROPEAN DAY OF LANGUAGES?

Let’s start by you trying to find out the answers to these questions.

1. How many languages are spoken in the world?

2. How many member states are there in the European Community?

3. What is the European day of Languagues?

4. When was it first declared?

5 What are the objectives of the European Day of  Languages?

6. How many indigineous languages are there in Europe?

7. How many words does a five year old posess in their mother tongue?

8. Which family do most European languages belong to?

9. which European country has the highest number of languages spoken ?

10. Can you name five Germanic languages?

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  1. September 26, 2011 1:39 pm

    Yes today is the European Day of Languages 🙂 You may be interested to know that several British schools have introduced Esperanto in order to test its propaedeutic value.

    You can see details on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INCr1bV8kGk

    The Council of Europe has also provided some phrases and expressions in Esperanto, which you can see here http://www.goethe.de/ins/se/prj/ets/mlg/gep/enindex.htm

    Their new online course http://www.lernu.net has 125 000 hits per day and Esperanto Wikipedia enjoys 400 000 hits per day. That can’t be bad 🙂

  2. Eugenia Ferrer Perez permalink
    September 26, 2011 9:38 pm

    1- There are over 6000 languages spoken in the world.

    2- There are 47 member states in the Council of Europe.

    3-The European Day of Languages is jointly organised by the Council of Europe and the
    European Union and involves million of people across 45 participating countries. Its acti_
    vities celebrate diversity in Europe and promote language learning.

    4- The European Day of Languages has been celebrated every year since 2001 on 26
    september.

    5- The objectives of the European Day of Languages are:
    – To encourage to learn more languages at any age, in and out of school.

    – To achieve greater intercultural understanding through linguistis diversity

    -To conservate the rich cultural heritage of our continent

    These are the reasons why the Council of Europe promotes plurilingualism not only in the
    whole of Europe but in the whole world.

  3. LIDIA MOROTE GRIMALDOS permalink
    September 26, 2011 11:17 pm

    1 there are more than 5000 languages spoken in the world
    2 ther are 47 members in the council of Europe
    3 It ´s activies celebrate in Europe and promote language learning
    4 26 september 2001
    5 to learn more languages, to conservate de rich cultural, to achive creater intercultural undertanding linguiestic diversity

  4. September 27, 2011 10:23 am

    Hi!!

    1- There are more than 6000 languages spoken in the world
    2- There are 47 members States in the council of Europe
    3- In this day Europe promote language learning
    4-The European Day of Languages has been celebrated since 2001 on 26 September.
    5- The objetives are:
    – promote the learning of other languages
    – preserve the cultural richness of different cultures
    6- I think in Europe, We don’t have any indigenous languages, We have differents dialects.
    7- Over 2000 words

    See you wednesday

  5. Amparo Castellote permalink
    September 27, 2011 12:25 pm

    1-there are more than 6000 languages spoken in the world
    2- there are 47 members in the Council of Europe, 800 million European
    3-It’s the special day Europe promotes languages learning
    4-this day is celebrated since 2001 on 26 september
    5-The general objectives of the European Day of Languages are:
    1. Alerting the public to the importance of language learning and diversifying the range of languages learnt in order to increase plurilingualism and intercultural understanding;
    2. Promoting the rich linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe, which must be preserved and fostered;
    3. 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.

    6- there are about 225 indigineous languages in Europe, roughly 3 % of the worlds total
    7-between 2000 and 2500 words
    8- most of the European languages are of Indo-european origin
    10- german, Danish, Swedish, dutch, franconian

    see you wednesday

  6. Silvia permalink
    September 27, 2011 12:33 pm

    1.- It´s said that over 5.000 languages are spoken in the world.
    2.- The European Community is integrated by forty seven member states.
    3.- The European day of Languages is a day celebrated in order to encourage people to learn other languages.
    4.- This day was declared firstly in 2001.
    10.- I think that “Germanic Languages” includes German, English and Dutch. I don´t know which are the other two Germanic Languages.

  7. Concha Ochando permalink
    September 27, 2011 5:47 pm

    Despite the innumerable quantity of languages spoken in the world (more than 6.000), only three of them are the most used by far by its population. These are, in order: Chinese, Spanish and English.
    Curiously, the most spoken language in Europe, is German, followed by English, Italian, French, Spanish and many others.
    Although Europeans can be proud of that Spanish and English are two of the most important languages spoken in the world, their high spirit of improvement led to the 47 members in the Council of Europe around 10 years ago, to declare the “European Day of Languages” on the 26th of September.
    The aim of this commemoration is promoting and encouraging people to learn new languages. At the same time, as maintaining and preserving their rich culture and roots.
    In my opinion, this initiative is a good way to motivate people to embark on learning other languages but unfortunately and according to research, Spanish people are not fond of learning languages at all. In fact, we have one of the low level English in Europe. I think it´s a question of individual effort taking advantage of all the resources that nowadays we have.

    Many thaks for your time and sorry for my mistakes. See you.

  8. Sandra Benitez permalink
    September 27, 2011 10:04 pm

    The European Day of Languages was first declared in 2001 on 26 September. It was organized by the Council of Europe and European Union to celebrate the linguistic diversity in Europe and to promoted the language learning. 47 members states are represented in this council.
    The objectives of the European Day of Languages are:
    – Alerting people to the importance of language learning in order to increase plurilingualism and intercultural understanding.
    – Promoting the rich linguistic and diversity of Europe.
    – Encouraging lifelong language learning in and out of school.

    Over 6000 languages are spoken in the world, there is 225 indigenous languages in Europe. Most of them belong to Indo-European language family (Romance, Germanic, Balto-Slavic, Greek and others), if we have to name for example germanic languages, we could say Dutch, English, Danish, Sweedish or Franconian.
    It’s so important to understand the importance of languages preservation.

  9. LOLES JORRO permalink
    September 27, 2011 11:31 pm

    1-There are more than 6000 languages in the world.
    2-In the European Comunity there are 47 members.
    3-It’s the special day Europe promotes languages learning.
    4-It was first declared on 26 September 2001.
    5-The general objetives are promote the learning of other languages and
    preserve the diferents cultures in Europe.
    6-There are a lot of diferent countries with diferents cultures….Indigineous?
    …In my opinion your own languague is very important for you, for your sons, for the sons of your sons,…so we need save all the diferents languages in Europe.

  10. Noemí permalink
    September 28, 2011 1:19 am

    Hello!

    I had no idea about the “European day of languages” till Marisa told us on Monday!

    Everybody think that It is very important to encourage people (it doesn´t matter their age) to learn new languages because it is also a good way to learn about other cultures, but the question is… why governments don’t invest more in languages or at least change some things that would help us to improve our knowledge about them? For example the films in our country are dubbed into Spanish. Why can’t we watch them in their original language? Or English/French classes at school are (most of them) taught in Spanish….
    Of course we have to foster our tongue language, but we should also be able to learn new ones to promote intercultural understanding between countries.

  11. Vicente Hernándiz permalink
    September 28, 2011 2:47 pm

    Vicente Hernándiz
    I did’nt know it!
    I must recognize my ignorance in all de concrete 10 questions but, after having read the illustrated answers from my colleagues, I’ve learned it. Thank you!
    I am absolutely according with the objectives given for this Day and my personal aim is to knew new languages to communicate better with other people.

  12. Jessica Martorell permalink
    September 28, 2011 9:45 pm

    1- There are about 6,000-7,000 different languages spoken in the world today.
    2- Since 2007, there are 47 countries in the Council of Europe.
    3- This day is an initiative of the Council of Europe and his goal is encourage to learn more languages in and out of school.
    4- It has been celebrated every year since 2001 on 26 September.
    5- The objectives of the European Day of Launguages are: alerting the public to the importance of language learning; promoting the linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe; and encouraging to learn english in and out of school.
    6- There are about 225 indigenous languages in Europe – roughly 3% of the world’s total.
    8- Most of the languages of Europe belong to Indo-European language family

  13. Lorena Gallego permalink
    September 28, 2011 9:47 pm

    Hi everybody!

    1. Is difficult to calculate, the main problem is the definition of what constitutes a language. But a good estimate is about 6,800 languages.

    2. Nowadays, twenty-seven coutries are members of the European Union.

    3. The European Day of Languages is celebrated on 26 September and its aims is to encourage language learning across Europe.

    4. It was proclaimed by the Council of Europe on 6 December 2001.

    5. The general objectives are to alert the public to the importance of language learning, to promote the rich linguistic an cultural diversity of Europe and to encourage lifelong language learning in and out of school.

    6. Between 200 and 250 approximately.

    7. About 5,000 words.

    8. The Indo-European language family.

    9. I don’t know this answer but I’m pretty sure it is not Spain…

    10. English, German, Dutch, Afrikaans, Norwegian.

    I have to admit I hadn’t heard about this day before…
    See you in class!

  14. marisadedios permalink*
    September 28, 2011 10:18 pm

    Lorena I think you are wrong about the number of members of the European Union.

  15. marisadedios permalink*
    September 28, 2011 10:22 pm

    Thank you for your opinion, Noemi. I agree with you, more could be done, but at least we have School of Languages!

  16. marisadedios permalink*
    September 28, 2011 10:23 pm

    I agree with you too, Loles, we transmit our language to other children and different languages should be preserved as an identity.

  17. Ximo permalink
    September 29, 2011 12:19 am

    Hi everyone.

    Honestly, I have to say that I don’t know most questions you are asking us. But in these cases Google and Wikipedia are realy useful to find out all we need.

    Acording to the information I’ve found, between 3000 and 5000 languages are spoken around the world. Chinese is the most spoken and there are lots of languages classified as nearly extincted.
    I think Switzerland is the country with more languages, which are spoken in diferent parts or cantons of the country: German, French, Italian and Romansh.

    The European day of languages is each September 26th and the first year it was declared was in 2001. It was created to incite people to learn languages and celebrate the diversity of languages.

    Thanks.

  18. Lorena Gallego permalink
    September 29, 2011 8:57 am

    Ups! I made a mistake, I was thinking in memberships of the European Union, not in members of Europe as a continent. Sorry!

  19. marisadedios permalink*
    October 1, 2011 11:28 am

    Well done everybody! I am very proud that the first post this year has had so many comments. Keep it up class!

  20. October 4, 2011 12:08 am

    1. As far as I know, according to Wikipedia, around 6000 languages are spoken in the world.
    2.The European Community is made up of 47 member states.
    3. The European day of languages tries to be an encouragement to learn other languages betwen european people.
    4.We celebrate the Eupean Day every year since 2001 on 26th September.
    5. One of the most important objetive of this day is to promote the rich linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe. And a lot of events are organized across Europe to encourage the learning of diferents languages.
    6.There are about 225 indigenous languages in Europe, most of them are of Indo-European origen.
    7.Over 2000 words
    8. As I told you before most European languages belong to the Indo-European family.
    9. I´m not sure but I think that Switzerland has the highest number of languages spoken, like French,English,German and Italian.
    10. I´ve only found German, Dutch, English and dialets as Germanic languages.

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