European Day of Languages is Sept. 26

Speak-Dating lets people practice languages with short conversations

The European Day of Languages provides an opportunity to practice languages again. During the now traditional Speak Dating it is possible to try to speak one or more of 22 available languages. The event takes place at Lucerna Gallery on Sept. 26 from 3 pm to 7 pm.

Speak Dating offers short five-minute sessions with professional language teachers from EU cultural centres in Prague and gives the opportunity to learn new phrases or have a conversation in an already mastered foreign language. It is not to be confused with speed dating, as the point is simply to practice some conversation and not to find a dinner date.

Participants will be able to choose from Bulgarian, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, Georgian, German, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portugal, Roman, Russian, Swedish and Spanish.

If you try at least three languages, you can win a prize such as a book voucher, language course or exam.

The European Day of Languages, always held on Sept. 26, was declared by the Council of Europe on Dec. 6, 2001, at the end of the European Year of Languages. The celebration takes place each year across Europe, and Czech Republic is joining in the celebration this year again.

In the Czech Republic it is organized by the European Union National Institutes of Culture (EUNIC), in cooperation with the Representation of the European Commission in Czech Republic and the Institute of Language and Training of Charles University in Prague.

The aim of the European Day of Languages is to celebrate linguistic diversity in Europe, to encourage people to learn, and to promote the knowledge of a large number of languages.

If you are a Czech speaker, this year you will also have an opportunity to participate in an online language quiz by midnight Sept. 26, and win a book voucher.

Those who have not mastered Czech language yet are invited to the Speak Dating as well. Come to Lucerna Gallery, and make a conversation in any language and have fun!

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