The purpose of the UN’s language days is to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six official languages throughout the Organization. Day seeks to entertain, inform and increase awareness of the history, culture and achievements of the English language. English is a Germanic language and the most widely spoken language in the world, earning the name of the lingua franca of the modern era.
📍FACTS ABOUT #EnglishLanguage
There are six total working languages among the UN community and five other language days. They are: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish.
There are approximately 106 total countries that use English as a first-language and some 339 million first-language speakers (i.e. it is their first and primary language spoken) worldwide.
The English language can trace its origins back to the year 450 when invading German tribes spoke a similar language. The language of this time period came to be referred to as Old English. Native English speakers today would have trouble understanding it, as it has many differences to what we now consider the English language.
The current English language spoken at present is referred to as Late Modern English. It originated around the year 1800 and the biggest difference between it and early modern English is that it has more words, which were created in order to name new technologies during the industrial revolution.
Volunteer at a local school to teach young children, immigrants and marginalized people the use of English.
Research and learn a bit more about the evolution of the English Language
📍TIP OF THE DAY:
Choose an English word from your vocabulary (e.g. sorry, goodbye) and only say it in your language no matter who you meet! Share the fun….