European Day of Languages: Multilingualism Is a Modern Requirement for Every European Citizen

Annually, since 2001, the European Day of Languages has been celebrated on 26 September in order to maintain linguistic diversity of Europe as an instrument for achieving better intercultural understanding, developing of strategies to teach and study various languages throughout the world. This holiday was proclaimed by the Council of Europe with the support of the European Union (EU) during the European Year of Languages (2001). As part of the celebration of the European Day of Languages, a wide range of thematic events are traditionally held in different countries.

Today all European institutions use 24 languages officially and equally: English, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Greek, Danish, Irish, Spanish, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, German, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Finnish, French, Croatian, Czech, Swedish, and Estonian. In total, there are 225 autochthonous languages in Europe, but more than half of them have either “died out” or are on the verge of extinction as a result of gradual assimilation in the position of a linguistic minority (for example, the Irish language and other Celtic languages). On the other hand, the language palette of Europe has significantly enriched since the second half of the twentieth century, when as a result of mass economic and political migration in almost all European countries, especially in their capitals, the speech of many peoples of the world began to sound.

At present, an increasing amount of people around the world speak freely at least one foreign language. The preservation and development of languages, including small ones, is declared as the official language policy of the European Union. Among the ways to achieve this goal is studying of more than one foreign language and continuous studying of languages in adulthood. “Study Languages Throughout Your Life” — this is the motto of UNESCO proclaimed in the 21st century.

Slovenia is a multilingual country where, in addition to the official language, Italian and Hungarian are also official in some regions. Historically, German was the main language in Central Europe. It was the language of trade, science and literature in Slovenia as well. German was taught in Slovenian schools as the first foreign language. At the moment, English has come to the forefront, but German remains an important foreign language in Slovenia.

The overwhelming majority of Slovenes communicate in English, which opens them wide opportunities for self-realization both within the country and beyond its borders. This trend also applies to foreign students. For a successful study in Slovenia and for a further career building in the European Union, knowledge of the Slovenian and English languages is compulsory. If the level of these languages leaves much to be desired, there are all the conditions for improving the situation. First, the multicultural environment in Slovenian educational institutions contributes to the mastery of languages, and secondly, a wide range of language courses is offered to students. Thus, the 100-hour intensive Slovenian language course is gaining popularity, which is especially in demand among applicants getting ready for admission. Passing this course just before the beginning of classes will help to preserve the knowledge gained and immediately start applying it in practice. It should be noted that the preliminary tour of selecting course attendees among applicants preparing to enrolment to the Slovenian educational institutions in 2019 has already started. However, this course is suitable for all who want to receive basic knowledge, as they say, from scratch and in the shortest possible time. There are also other offers with a longer training period. You can get detailed information about the language courses by contacting our managers.

2TM Company congratulates all its customers – current and future students – on the European Day of Languages. We wish you to be successful and persevering, keep up to date and always remain open to new useful knowledge!