In every region or country within Europe, people of every age are being educated to speak languages; one, two, three or even more. Learning one or more languages is therefore encouraged by the European Union.
To further encourage the above, the European Union initiated the 'European Day of Languages' in 2001. Today, activities are organised in schools across Europe with the aim of understanding each other even better thanks to learning a foreign language.
24 official languages in the European Union
With international business acquisitions, people also increasingly need to learn a foreign language; this is often already necessary to work effectively in one's home country as English is sometimes already not enough. In Europe alone, there are over 2,000 European languages, including 24 official languages in the European Union and around 60 regional/minority languages.
Learning a foreign language brings many benefits; both for young and old. Do you only master a few words and/or phrases? Even that is enough to make new contacts abroad. Learning a foreign language not only makes us understand each other better, it also makes us understand each other better.