April

English Language Day

UN English Language Day Celebration

The English Language Day is celebrated every 23rd of April each year. This day aims to make people explore all the necessary things to know about the English language including its development, history, culture, and how it became the international language. Learning English is very helpful to everyone, especially to non-native English speakers. We can all have a common language to speak and is a necessary step for us to understand each other.English Language Day

About the English Language Day

Many people all over the world celebrate English Language Day. They either learn more English or teach others in English writing and speaking. People also shout out on social media how they are celebrating this important day.

English Language Day History

The English Language Day is an initiative of the United Nations and is just one of the six celebrations about languages that it founded. Along with this event are Arabic Language Day (December 18), Chinese Language Day (April 20), French Language Day (March 20), Russian Language Day (June 6), and Spanish Language Day (April 23). The declaration of these days by the UN was made in the year 2010. The date of April 23 was chosen for English Language Day in order to commemorate the birthday of William Shakespeare, who is perhaps the most influential English playwright and poet. Many People Celebrate this day as they do International Mother Language Day

English Language Day Celebration Dates 

As mentioned earlier, English Language Day is celebrated every 23rd of April each year.

Why Celebrate English Language Day

If you are an English native speaker, then it is all the more reason for you to celebrate this day. This can be a good time for you to appreciate this language of yours that you use to communicate with other people.

Celebration Ideas and Activities

The following are the best things to do to make your celebration of English Language Day as best as it can be:

Become More Proficient in English

One good idea for your celebration of this day is to become more proficient in English. Maybe you are already a beginner or intermediate in English speaking and writing. But there is a lot more to learn. You can become an even more advanced English speaker and writer by practicing and learning more about the language. This will be a good day to kick off this endeavor.

Start to Learn English

Or perhaps you still don’t know much about English that you want to start learning it. You may be even reading this content through a translator. It would be beneficial to you if you can learn the language. This is a good day to start doing so.

Teach Other People English

Or maybe you are knowledgeable enough in English that you can now share your knowledge to other people. You may have friends or family members who want to learn the language and have no means of doing so. You can become their tutor or teacher.

Celebrate on Social Media

You can also take your celebration of this day on social media. You can, for instance, use the hashtag #EnglishLanguageDay to let your friends and followers know that you are also participating in the celebration of this special day.

Quotes

  • Americans who travel abroad for the first time are often shocked to discover that despite all the progress that has been made in the past 30 years, many foreign people still speak foreign languages. – Dave Barry
  • Are you one of those people who uses words more for the sound than for their sense of them? – Dean Koontz
  • England and America are two countries separated by the same language. – George Bernard Shaw
  • English is flexible: you can jam it into a Cuisinart for an hour, remove it, and meaning will still emerge. – Douglas Coupland
  • English is the language of a people who have probably earned their reputation for perfidy and hypocrisy because their language itself is so flexible, so often light-headed with statements that appear to mean one thing one year and quite a different thing the next. – Paul Scott
  • I came here and realized how truly limited my English was and it was very scary. I soon realized it wasn’t going to be hard to learn – it was going to be nearly impossible. – Salma Hayek
  • I know grammar by ear only, note by note, not by the rules. – Mark Twain
  • I know your headaches. I know you’re tired. I know your nerves are as raw as meat in a butcher’s window. But think about what you’re trying to accomplish – just think about what you’re dealing with. The majesty and grandeur of the English language; it’s the greatest possession we have. – George Bernard Shaw
  • I learned English by going to America and marrying an Englishman who didn’t speak French. That helped. – Catherine Deneuve
  • I was trying to learn English and I was very worried about my accent. I’m sure I’ll always have it but I remember Tom Hanks said to me, “Don’t lose the accent. If you do, you’re lost. – Antonio Banderas
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