European Day of Languages 26 September 2012 Our planet has over 6 billion people who speak between 6000 and 7000 different languages. Not everyone speaks English! It’s a multicultural and a multilingual world! Over 40 languages are spoken throughout Europe alone A little language can make a lot of difference!!! David Beckham said: “If I can conquer Spanish, it will have been a great achievement!” At the age of 18 months you can speak about fifty words. At the age of five you can speak several thousand! By the age of 21, you will have spoken about 50 million words!!! People who can speak another language can earn up to £5000 more than colleagues who do not! If you have learnt a second language, it is easier to learn a third, fourth…….. fifth…! In London, more than 300 languages are spoken at home. The European Day of Languages -Involves millions of people across 45 countries. -Celebrates all different languages. -Celebrates what is good about being able to speak another language. -Promotes harmony and respect between different races. -Encourages us to think about our own language . -Reminds us that English is not always enough, in our careers and in our lives! How are we going to celebrate? Come and learn a few words in as many languages as possible. When? Thursday or Friday lunchtime. Where? Performing and Expressive Art Forum..