Posted on March 19th, 2010by
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On February 21st I posted about International Mother Language Day, and mentioned that the UN was also launching a new initiative called UN Language Days.
Well, today is the first of those days, with the French language being celebrated.
“French, as a working language of the UN and one that is spoken on all continents, plays an important role in spreading the message of the United Nations in the world,” said Kiyo Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for the Department of Public Information (DPI) and Coordinator for Multilingualism at the UN. (Source: UN)
Here are a few facts about French to help get you started with your celebration:
French is a Romance language descended from Latin
Around 75 million people speak French as their mother tongue
It is spoken officially in 33 countries
Apart from the UN, French is used as an official working language in many organisations – including Amnesty International, the International Olympic Committee, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the International Criminal Court
There are 16 vowels in French