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    Spanish Language Day

    Spanish Language Day

    The Importance Of Languages

    The diversity of languages across the globe reflects the richness of human culture, tradition and history. Over 7,000 languages give meaning to a range of different cultures whose identities and heritage have been passed down through generations. Despite this, an existing language becomes extinct every two weeks. The ability to speak a language, either as a primary or secondary language, provides a wealth of benefits to both individuals and society. We must therefore cherish and celebrate our languages in order to protect them and help them flourish.

    The Spanish Language Then And Now

    Among the vast number of languages spoken worldwide, Spanish distinguishes itself as a particularly influential; with over 485 million speakers globally, it is the second most commonly spoken language in the world. Spanish has roots tracing back to the medieval Romance language of the Iberian Peninsula, a direct descendant of vulgar latin. There are still several regional variants of this aspect of Spanish in present-day Spain, with Castillian considered the language standard. In 1713, the Royal Spanish Academy was founded with the purpose of standardising Castillian, making it easier for individuals to learn and speak. Other Spanish speaking countries soon followed suit, with their own academies to cater for the different international variations of the language.

    The History Of Spanish Language Day

    Spanish Language Day is observed every year on the 23rd April as a celebration of cultural diversity and homage to Miguel De Cervantes, an important figure in Spanish literature. The event was initially known in its native tongue – ‘El Día de la Hispanidad’, and was celebrated on 12th October, the day that the Americas were discovered in 1492 by Christopher Columbus. However, the name and date were later changed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in 2010 to commemorate De Cervantes, who died on the 22nd April 1616.

    A Celebration Of Culture

    Spanish Language Day is a celebration of history and linguistic diversify. Various cultural events, educational programmes and linguistic initiatives take place across the globe, including poetry readings, literature events and film festivals. These activities bring people together in celebration of the impact that Spanish has on society and helps to raise awareness and promote its importance.

    As a global language, Spanish connects people, fostering collaboration, business links and cross-cultural exchange. Having a diversity of languages in the workplace has been linked to an improvement in performance. Employees with different linguistic backgrounds approach challenges in different ways which helps foster creativity and innovation. Learning a new language also has individual benefits, including improved concentration and memory, an increased ability for creative thinking and problem-solving and better academic performance. By continuing to celebrate Spanish Language Day, we can ensure that its shared heritage and influence will continue to thrive for generations to come.


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