International Mother Language Day

International Mother Language Day

International Mother Language Day

Date posted: February 21, 2019

Today is International Mother Language Day! It’s a day that emphasizes the importance of language for identity, communication, social integration, education and development, and culture and tradition. It’s also a day that encourages linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.

According to the United Nations:

  • There are an estimated 6000 languages being spoken in the world.
  • At least 43% of those languages are endangered.
  • Every two weeks a language disappears taking with it an entire cultural and intellectual heritage.
  • Globally 40 per cent of the population does not have access to an education in a language they speak or understand.
  • Less than 100 languages are used in the digital world.

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