Language of the Week for 17 October 2011

Communication is a key to world peace and understanding, so every year we celebrate International Mother Language Day as a Club Project, teaching children ages 10 to 13 how to say five words and phrases in many different languages. Here is this week’s language!

Our guest speaker this week was born in Cuba, so we recognize the native language of his birthplace.

Spanish

Hello: Hola (OH-la)

Please: Por Favor

Thank You: Gracias

Peace: Paz

Love: Amor

(Courtesy of Ms. Miriam Reyes, Rotary Club of Sherman Oaks Sunset, California US)

 

Why International Mother Language Day?

Linguistic and cultural diversity represent universal values that strengthen the unity and cohesion of societies. The recognition of the importance of linguistic diversity led to UNESCO’s decision to celebrate International Mother Language Day.

When was it launched?

The 30th session of the General Conference of UNESCO in 1999 decided that the Organization would launch and observe an International Mother Language Day on 21 February every year throughout the world.

UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.

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