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Languages as Human Rights (Int'l Mother Language Day February 21st)

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I just saw this article in the Smithsonian Online Magazine about the UN's International Mother Languages Day and why it is commemorated and thought some might find it interesting.

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/human-right-to-speak-whatever-language-you-want-worth-celebrating-180954341/?no-ist

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This led to me to look up the 1952 Language Day Movement when four students died protesting for their right to speak their mother language:

https://www.mtholyoke.edu/~mahbo22d/classweb/bengali_language_movement/BLM2.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Language_Movement_Day

What do people do to remember and celebrate?

People lay flowers at the Shaheed Minar (Martyr's Monument) in Dhaka, Bangladesh and attend public events. Others organize literary contests. Some make festive meals or have parties.

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More details here: http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/un/international-mother-language-day

An individual way they suggest to remember and celebrate the day is just to express interest in languages and ask others about the ones they speak.

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So, this is my own way of remembering these young martyrs and making a little parade. Please drop by to remember and celebrate!

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Thank you for reading. :)

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February 19, 2015

14 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MusingThoughts

Fantastic article! Have you checked out Memrise's challenge for the occasion?

February 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tnel1

No, really? Do tell! :)

February 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Paultergeist.BE

I had no idea such a day existed! I am going to share the articles with my friends. Belgium is a country with 3 official languages (French, Dutch and German), and politics cannot get along with each other just because of the language. I myself live in the Dutch speaking area even tho I am natively French speaking :) thank you for sharing this!!!

February 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tnel1

Me either until today! But I find social movements and struggle very interesting and this really caught my eye! :)

February 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jolynnedougherty

Thank you for opening my eyes to this.

February 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tnel1

Thank YOU for coming by to celebrate/learn/remember! :)

February 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/flootzavut

Love this.

February 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tnel1

Me too :)

February 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/peter_chant

Thanks for posting. Very interesting!

February 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tnel1

:) Yes, I was really fascinated. I wish I was a language teacher this week to teach students about it. Muchas gracias!

February 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamesjadams

It would be great if one could learn Bengali, the language the students died fighting for, by Mother Language Day 2016!

February 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tnel1

Yes! It sure would. Hopefully that will happen someday. :)

February 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HebrewLearner

Thanks for sharing this! תודה רבה!

February 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tnel1

:) Thank you right back!

February 20, 2015
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