I missed the UN’s French language day! It’s not the fact that I missed it that bothers me – I’m late for pretty much everything – it’s the fact that there is such a thing as a UN-sponsored French language day that I find surprising to say the least. Why the French language?! I mean good on them but there are around 6,000 equally deserving candidates. Don’t get me wrong – I absolutely adore the French language and spent many years learning it (and, unfortunately, even more years forgetting it). But how can it be fair for an international body to honor French with a dedicated day but not Amharic, Berber, Czech, Danish, Ewe, Faroese, Ga, Hindi, Igbo, Japanese, Konkani, Latin, Malay, Nahuatl, Oromo, Persian, Quechua, Romansh, Sylheti, Telugu, Urdu, Vietnamese, Warlpiri, Xhosa, Yiddish, Zulu?! To name but a few.
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- 200401 applied linguistics and educational linguistics
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