Have you ever traveled somewhere and thought, what an interesting and cool language they’re speaking! Connecting with other people through learning new languages is a great move in ensuring your growth, however, it is more than just benefiting yourself. Come with us and discover more about languages through International Mother Language Day.
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With more than 6,000 languages existing around the world, International Mother Language Day is an annual celebration in order to promote awareness regarding linguistics, education, cultural diversity, and multilingualism. Created on November 1999 by UNESCO, the celebration is also a part of the United Nation’s initiative in protecting and preserving languages with Sustainable Development Goals in mind. The day emphasizes and refers to first languages and endangered languages, that have been created and used by people around the world.
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A language does not only act as a media of communication, but it is an identity where it holds cultural importance, extensive history, and intellectual heritage. With languages playing an important factor in the creation of a society, affording more languages to fade into obscurity is not a choice.
Losing a language or two are therefore not only meant as eliminating a form of communication, but also losing the traditions, history, culture, and even opportunities that are valuable for the past, present, and future.
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Celebrating the day without real actions would not create the change needed, and therefore, there are some things that you can take part in the effort of language preservation.
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Here are the things that we can do to celebrate and embody the spirit of International Mother Language Day! Don’t forget to download the HalalTrip Mobile App to find all the mosques and halal restaurants nearby and have a better travel experience as a Muslim.