European Day of Languages

Why do we celebrate European Day of Languages? Find out here.

Do you know when the European Day of Languages is? That’s right – it’s on 26 September!

This day is a celebration of all the different languages and cultures in Europe. It encourages us to learn a new language and reminds us how useful language learning can be.

Since it was first celebrated in 2001, this year marks the 20th anniversary of European Day of Languages!

What happens on 26 September?

Every year, lots of events are run all around Europe to celebrate European Languages Day. These include a T-shirt competition to design a logo, virtual events such as games and language quizzes and in 2021, they are even running a birthday cake baking competition!

As well as this, lots of children around the world celebrate European Languages day at school. Popular activities include trying new foods, singing songs in different languages and learning about different flags, cultures and countries.

Why not celebrate European Language Day in your class this year? You could start by thinking of as many different languages as possible!

  • There are about 225 languages which come from Europe.
  • There are between 6000 and 7000 languages in the world.
  • About 130 million people in the world speak German. About 1.35 billion people speak English!

Words Ahoy! · Wörter Ahoi!

Deutsch English
die Sprache language
Europa Europe
sprechen to speak
Ich spreche Deutsch. I speak German.


Find out more about the European Day of Languages, and what is going on this year.

Quiz: European Day of Languages

Why not test your knowledge of the European Day of Languages with our Voyage Kids quiz!