This year the European Day of Languages celebrates its 20th anniversary. The day - always held on 26th September was started to celebrate the linguistic and cultural diversity across Europe.
Some fun language facts: Did you know for example that:
- More than half of Europe is bilingual?
- There are about 225 indigenous languages in Europe?
- Russian was the first language spoken in outer space?
- You may know much more Greek than you think ... e.g. alpha, beta, delta, gamma, democracy, geography
This week in school, students in their language lessons will be learning about a range of European languages and there's also the opportunity to enter a poster competition.
The European Day of Languages website is also holding an international Great Bake Off competition: