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International Mother Language Day

Last updated on June 13th, 2023 at 06:44 pm

International Mother Language Day is coming up on February 21st, this Saturday. Proclaimed by the UNESCO in November of 1999, International Mother Language Day is celebrated to promote cultural and linguistic diversity and multilingualism.

What is a mother language or the mother tongue?

It is the first language (also native language) or languages that a person has learned from birth. Children who are brought up speaking two languages have more than one native language and are called bilingual. A child’s mother language is part of his personal, social, and cultural identity. For our native translators, their native language is their most important work tool. 

About International Mother Language Day

International Mother Language Day was chosen in commemoration of the students who were killed while holding a demonstration for recognition of their native language, Bangla, as one of the two national languages in the then Pakistan. Tragic events like this serve to ignite our passion for learning about different cultures and reaching out to them through their native language. No matter where you’re from, your heritage and culture are a part of you- and usage of your native language plays a most important role in preserving them.

In the past, International Mother Language Day has been celebrated in schools through activities including scavenger hunts that teach lessons about cultures and languages, recitation of songs and poetry in the student’s mother language, and displays of arts and crafts with captions in mother languages. Languages are powerful instruments to preserve heritage.

Communicate Without Limits

As a translation company, it is both our duty and privilege to stand with UNESCO in encouraging linguistic diversity and multilingual education not just on International Mother Language Day- but every day by connecting cultures through our multilingual translation and interpretation services . We are also honored to be part of an industry that fully acknowledges linguistic and cultural traditions throughout the world- the first step to creating global peace and unity.

Flora Yu
Flora Yu
Flora was born and raised in New York to parents from Hong Kong and Taiwan. She has a degree in Accounting. She is fluent in Mandarin, and contributes a unique perspective as someone who was raised in 2 different cultures. She finds humor and opportunities to learn as she constantly searches for the balance between the East and West.