At the initiative of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, the European Day of Languages has been celebrated every year since 2001 on 26 September, but why celebrate a European Day of Languages?
Europe is rich in languages - there are over 200 European languages and many more spoken by citizens whose family origin is from other continents. This is an important resource to be recognised, used and cherished.
Language learning brings benefits to young and old. Even if you only know a few words of the language of the country that you visit (for example on holiday), this enables you to make new friends and contacts. Learning other peoples' languages is a way of helping us to understand each other better and overcome our cultural differences.
If you want to learn more about the European Day of Languages, click here.
If you don't feel like celebrating Valentine's Day this year, why not throw an Anti-Valentine's Day Party? To get in the Anti-Valentine mood, here are a few websites you might find interesting.
Original date excuses (To use in case that "special" someone asks you out and you don't know how to say no.)
Anti-Valentine's Quotes (My personal favourite: "I don't understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine's Day. When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon.")
Have you got any other suggestions to celebrate Anti-Valentine's Day? What about other original excuses or quotes? Please, feel free to leave a comment.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a United States federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around the time of King’s birthday, January 15.
King was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. The campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination in 1968. At first, some states resisted observing the holiday as such, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000. If you want to read more about Martin Luther King, click here.
Now, after reading a little bit about MLK, you can have a look at this video. This is his most famous speech.
Have a look at part of Martin Luther King’s speech. Try to fill in the gaps with the words in the box. Here you have the keys.