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Celebrating International Mother Language Day with the Launch of Welsh & New Features

Today Microsoft celebrates International Mother Language Day (IMLD) alongside UNESCO, with the goal to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism across the world.   Advancements in technology to support and preserve languages create greater awareness of the linguistic and cultural traditions celebrated throughout the world, which in turn promote understanding, tolerance and dialogue. Helping to enable business, […]


Recognizing American Sign Language on International Mother Language Day

The following blog post was written by Ellen Kampel, Public Relations Manager for Accessibility at Microsoft. Ellen holds a Masters in Social Work (MSW) and works on technology issues related to aging and people with disabilities. —– Today we will celebrate International Mother Language Day, a time dedicated to promoting native languages and the central […]


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International Mother Language Day @ ECU

Languages and linguistic diversity are a unique asset of humankind and, in a time where most of the world’s languages are facing a situation of endangerment, all and any efforts are necessary to raise awareness of their presence and their diversity in every community. Eastern North Carolina and East Carolina University are no exception and […]


Happy International Mother Language Day

“The language of our thoughts and our emotions is our most valuable asset. Multilingualism is our ally in ensuring quality education for all, in promoting inclusion and in combating discrimination. ” – Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO Today is  International Mother Language Day, which is meant to promote linguistic and cultural diversity, as well as […]


International Mother Language Day

Let me hear you speak and I will tell you who you are loyal to. Language is not simply a means of communication: it is inextricably linked to cultural and social identity and political allegiance. The deliberate imposition of one language over another inevitably results in fierce battles for linguistic rights. On February 21st 1952 […]


International Mother Language Day

The 14th annual International Mother Language Day is on the 21st of February, this Friday. In her message,  UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova wrote, “The protection and promotion of mother languages are keys to global citizenship and authentic mutual understanding. Understanding and speaking more than one language leads to a greater understanding of the wealth of […]


Get tongues wagging this International Mother Language Day 21 February 2015

This 21 February 2015 marks the sixteenth International Mother Language Day. The day was established in 1999 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the day has been celebrated across the globe since February 2000. So what”s it all about?  Well, International Mother Language Day aims to promote linguistic and cultural […]


A City of Languages: Remembering International Mother Language Day

Yesterday, February 21st, marked International Mother Language Day. It”s an annual observance of the diversity in cultures and languages we have around the world. Although this holiday may fly under the radar for many, it is an important date for lots of Canadians, particularly Bengali-speaking ones. The United Nations describes IMLD as “the date [that] represents the […]


International Mother Language Day Celebration 2015

2015 will be the year for stock taking around international education goals. It is therefore being proposed that the theme for IMLD 2015 focus on one of the main challenges that cuts across many of the goals, i.e.  Inclusion (equity/quality) As the EFA Goals are far from attained due, in part, to the difficulties of […]