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23 April - English Language Day

Published on April 23, 2024
Current Context: English Language Day is observed annually on April 23. This day is a significant United Nations (UN) celebration that individuals worldwide commemorate.
23 April - English Language Day
  • The day was first observed in 2010 when the Department of Global Communications instituted language days honoring each of the organization’s six official languages.
  • The theme for English Language Day in 2024 is "Use of Technology for Multilingual Teaching: Challenges and Opportunities".
  • These language days celebrate linguistic diversity and multiculturalism while also advocating for the equal use of the six official languages of the UN.
  • The date, April 23, is traditionally observed as both the birthday and date of death of William Shakespeare, the English language’s most famous playwright.
  • Shakespeare had a significant impact on modern-day English.
  • His creativity with language meant he contributed hundreds of new words and phrases: ‘gossip’; ‘fashionable’ and ‘lonely’ were all first used by Shakespeare.
  • He also invented phrases like ‘break the ice’, ‘faint-hearted’ and 'love is blind’.
  • English is one of the languages of international communication.
  • People from different countries and cultures are increasingly able to communicate with each other in English, even if it is not their first language.

Question:

Q.1 When is English Language Day observed annually?
a. April 22
b. April 23
c. April 24
d. April 25
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