The European Day of Languages is 26 September, as proclaimed by the Council of Europe on 6 December 2001, at the end of the European Year of Languages (2001), which had been jointly organised by the Council of Europe and the European Union. Its aim is to encourage language learning across Europe.
Languages of Europe: There are about 225 indigenous languages in Europe – roughly 3% of the world's total. Most of the European languages are of Indo-European origin. Since the end of the 18th century, the most widespread language of Europe (both in terms of geography and the number of native speakers) has been Russian, which replaced French. Counting only native speakers, approximately 150 million Europeans speak Russian on a daily basis, followed by German (approx. 95 mil.), Turkish (approx. 80 mil.), English and French (each by 65 mil.), Italian (60 mil.), Spanish and Polish (40 mil. each), Ukrainian (30 mil.), Romanian (26 mil.) As far as foreign language studies are concerned, English is currently the most popular foreign language in Europe, followed by German, French, Italian, Russian and Spanish. One of the smallest languages in Europe is Maltese (the national language of Malta).
- The English version of the quiz on European languages, prepared in French by the teacher of our e-pals, Aniella Lebeau and translated into English by me.
- The French version of the quiz
- Aniella's blog post on European languages Day
The results are currently being compiled and the lucky winner will be announced soon! The best of luck to all participants!
|The quiz requires some thorough online research....|
|.... and kind cooperation within the team, as well!|