September 26th: the European Day of Languages

On September 26th  the European Day of Languages is celebrated, as proclaimed by the. Council of Europe.

Its aim is to

  • celebrate the 6,000+ languages spoken around the world
  • alert the public to the importance of language learning and diversify the range of languages learned in order to increase intercultural understanding
  • promote the rich linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe;
  • encourage lifelong language learning in and out of school.

 

In keeping with these rules, people, young and old, are encouraged to take up a language, or take special pride in their existing language skills.

On the occasion of the day, a range of events are organised across Europe.

If you want to have fun, Here are some palindromes (words and sentences that read the same backwards)

English

  • Was it Eliot’s toilet I saw?
  • Able was I ere I saw Elba.
  • Never odd or even
  • Was it a cat I saw?
  • Do geese see God?
  • A man, a plan, a canal, Panama
  • Go hang a salami, I’m a lasagna hog.
  • Murder for a jar of red rum
  • Rats live on no evil star.
  • Rise to vote, sir.
  • Madam, I’m Adam.
  • Neil, an alien?
  • Dennis sinned.

French

  • Et la marine va, papa, venir à Malte.
    And the Navy, Dad, will come to Malta.
  • Esope reste ici et se repose.
    Aesop remains here and rests.
  • Tu l’as trop écrasé, César, ce Port Salut!
    You mashed it too much, Cesar, this Port Salut (a kind of french cheese)!
  • Eh ca va la vache!
    Eh, how are you, the cow!
  • Elu par cette crapule
    Elected by this villain

Italian

  • O mordo tua nuora o aro un autodromo.
  • I topi non avevano nipoti.

Spanish

  • Ligar es ser ágil.
    Flirting is agile.
  • Ana lleva avellana.
    Ana takes a nut.
  • Reconocer
    Recognise
  • Luz azul
    Blue light
  • Amor a Roma.
    Love to Rome.
  • Somos o no somos.
    Either we are, or we are not.

 

 

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