Friday, 24 September 2010

Sprechen Sie Englisch?

Yes, and only English especially if celebrating the European 'day of languages':
Babel-like EU, with its 23 official languages and over 40 regional tongues, on Thursday marked an upcoming "European Day of Languages" with a speech delivered essentially in English.

The European Commission spokesman announcing Sunday's ode to multilingualism -- highlighting the benefits of languages for small businesses -- kicked off his speech in English, but on hearing sighs at a media briefing peopled by many nationalities tried his hand at other tongues.

His go at German, French, Spanish, Italian and Polish won applause for a good try but grins for below-par pronunciation.

Likewise the statement announcing the multilingual celebration was posted in all European Union languages but the calendar only in English.


  1. With regard to the European Day of Languages 2010, you may be interested to know that several British schools have introduced Esperanto in order to test its propaedeutic value.

    You can see details on

    The Council of Europe has also provided some phrases and expressions in Esperanto, which you can see here

  2. Parlez-vous Francais-fiddle?

    I think the French would rather invade England again than accept English as the EU language.

    Or rather, they'd agree to it - and then ignore it: c'est la methode traditionelle.