Celebrate the European Day of Languages with us!

Throughout Europe, 800 million Europeans are represented in the Council of Europe's 47 member states and all are encouraged to discover more languages at any age, as part of or alongside their studies. This stems from the Council of Europe’s conviction that linguistic diversity is a tool for achieving greater intercultural understanding and a key element in the rich cultural heritage of our continent. Therefore, the Council of Europe, in Strasbourg, promotes plurilingualism in the whole of Europe

At the Council of Europe’s initiative, the European Day of Languages has been celebrated every year since 2001 on 26 September - together with the European Commission.

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Myth or fact?

1. My mother tongue is all I need.

Myth   Fact

2. I’m not bilingual/multilingual. I can only speak one language.

Myth   Fact

3. Most people in the world use more than one language.

Myth   Fact

4. English is the only language children need.

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5. Children get confused if they learn more than one language at the same time.

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6. I can’t help a child to learn or use a language I don’t know (well enough) myself.

Myth   Fact

7. If learners don’t know the language of schooling, they’ll learn it best by being exposed to that language only - and by using that language only.

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8. Continued use of the home language(s) will interfere with children’s learning of the language of schooling.

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9. My job is to teach X as a foreign language and not to deal with other languages in my classroom.

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Why did you decide to learn a language?

What most motivated you to learn a language – was it any of the reasons below (choose a maximum of 3)? If it was none of these – let us know your reasons – we will announce the results on 25 September!


The EDL language challenges

This year we are inviting everyone to participate in a language challenge around the European Day of Languages! 
The 51 challenges contained within the handbook encourage learners to go a little outside their comfort zone and take advantage of the plentiful opportunities available to practice or learn more about a language beyond a classroom context. Find out more
Language challenge of the day: Write a message in a foreign language to congratulate someone on a special occasion (birthday, passing an exam etc.)!

EDL T-shirt competition

Send us your design/image/graphic and have your layout on the official EDL T-ShirtFind out more

Which language is it?

We all know this situation: on a bus, in a café, on the street we hear two people talking in a foreign language. And we wonder what language it is. Let's do some training here and next time this happens to you you will easily recognise it!
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Escola EB 2,3 Frei Bartolomeu dos Mártires
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High School " Slobodan Skerovic"

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Did you know that...

The European Day of Languages is being supported and coordinated by the European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe? The Council of Europe is the continent's leading human rights organisation. It includes 47 member states, 27 of which are members of the European Union.



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Self-evaluate your language skills

The 'Self-evaluate your language skills' tool helps you to assess your level of proficiency in the languages you know according to six reference levels described in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

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