English Language Day is celebrated on April 23 of every year. English Language Day day is celebrated to honour the well-known writers, including Maurice Druon, Cervantes Saavedra, Haldor Kiljan, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Manuel Mejia Vallejo, Josep Pla, Vladimir Nabokov and William Shakespeare. English Language Day seeks to entertain and to increase awareness of the culture, history and the achievements of the English language.
“I don’t follow anything blindly. I have to know the entire thing if I have to get into it. It might sound funny to you, but it’s like using the English language. I use an English word only when I know its meaning and understand its connotation. You won’t hear me say, ‘What’s up, dude’ or anything like that just for the heck of it.” – Kailash Kher
History of English Language Day
In 2010, the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) founded the English Language Day to celebrate the multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote the equal use of all six the official working languages throughout the organisation. They chose April 23, because the day marks the birthday of William Shakespeare, the most famous and well celebrated English play writers and authors in the history. The six working languages in UN community are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. The English Language was founded in the year 450 when German tribes spoke a similar language. The language of that time is referred as Old English. Even native English speakers will find difficulty in understanding that, as it has a lot of differences to what we consider as the English Language. The current English language that we spoke is referred as Modern English. It is originated in the year 1800. Modern English has more words, which was founded to name new technologies during the time of the industrial revolution.
How to celebrate the day
Celebrating the day is quite easy and simple to remember. Just entertain and inform the people about the culture, history, and achievements of the English Language. Spread awareness on social media by using the hashtags #English, #EnglishLanguageDay or #EnglishDay.
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