16 September 2021 · Fran Puddick
The European Day of Languages (EDL) is celebrated across Europe on the 26th of September every year. It aims to promote the rich linguistic diversity of Europe and raise awareness of the importance of lifelong language learning for everyone.
Globalisation means business opportunities are no longer limited by geographical borders but more competition and a lack of languages prevent many individuals or organisations from taking full advantage. A decent understanding of the language or even a few words here and there can help you or your company stand out from the crowd.
In addition, globalisation and patterns of business ownership mean individuals increasingly need foreign language skills to work effectively in their own countries.
English alone is no longer enough.
Language learning brings benefits to young and old – you are never too old to learn a language and enjoy the opportunities it opens up. Even if you only know a few words of the language of the country that you visit (for example on holiday), those few words will smooth your way towards making new friends or business contacts.
Learning other peoples’ languages is a way of helping us to understand each other better and overcome our cultural differences.
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