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February 21: International Mother Language Day

On February 21, UNESCO is celebrating International Mother Language Day. It is important to celebrate the day as globalization process has put languages under threat and they are disappearing altogether. When languages fade away, the cultural diversity of the world fades away as well.

Highlights

Every year, UNESCO has been celebrating International Mother Language Day since 2000. The main purpose of celebrating the day is to promote multilingualism and cultural diversity. This year the International Mother Language Day is celebrated under the theme

Theme: Languages without Borders

Need

Today, more than 6,000 languages are spoken in the world according to UNESCO. However, out of these 43% are estimated to be endangered.

United Nations

In 2007, the United Nations called upon its members to promote, preserve and protect their languages. It also proclaimed the year 2008 as the “International Year of Languages”.

In India the Day is being celebrated as “Matribhasha Diwas”

Matribhasha Diwas

In India, the day is celebrated under the theme

Theme: Celebrating our Multilingual Heritage

The day is being celebrated to reflect upon “Ek Bharat Shreshth Bharat”.

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After English and Mandarin, Hindi-the third most spoken language in the world

With 615 million speakers all over the world, Hindi is the third most spoken language in the world. English is at the top with 1,132 million speakers followed by Mandarin with 1,117 million speakers.

Highlights

On February 18, 2020, the Ethnologue published its yearly database on living languages of the world. It covered more than 7,111 living languages. It also published data on languages that were gone out of usage in the recent history and that included around 348 languages.

It also said that Bangla is the 7th most spoken language in the world with 228 million native speakers.

Ethnologue

The Ethnologue is an annual publication that provides statistics of the living languages of the world. It is published by SIL International since 1951. The publication released this year in 2020 is its 22nd release.

The SIL International is a non-profit organization that documents languages. It is mainly into promotion of literacy and translation of Christian Bible. It was founded in 1933 with the aim of translating bible.

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