Ever wanted to learn the beautiful French language? March 20th is the annual French Language Day celebration and what better way to ring in the event than by a little tutoring session in France itself?
UN French Language Day was created in 2010 in order to promote multilingualism in the world and stress the sheer importance of language, in general.
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Languages ability to tear down cultural borders and increase diversity without our communities is the UN’s main focus in the creation of these celebrations. As they seek to increase knowledge and awareness of the history, culture and achievements of the six working languages of the organization, they also hope people will discover a newfound respect for the beauty of the language and its native speakers.
The director-general of UNESCO, Irina Bokova says, “languages are the best vehicles of mutual understanding and tolerance. Respect for all languages is a key factor for ensuring peaceful coexistence, without exclusion, of societies and all of their members.”
French, as one of the main languages of the United Nations, is widely spoken in various countries on all continents and plays a massive role in spreading the UN’s message in the world. The practice of multilingualism is a means of promoting and preserving diversity of languages and cultures on a global scale.
The date, March 20th, was chosen to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Internal Organization of La Francophonie, an organization whose members also have humanistic values to promote the use of the French language.
Biting into a crepe while studying the language of love may sound like the ultimate vacation but it is important to remember that we exist in a multilingual world and learning languages affects the way we think and act as well as increases our comprehension of how people from other countries see this world that we all share.