The languages we speak are such an integral part of our life, that they often define our worldview, and shape our thoughts. No language is more influential in our development than our mother language. India itself is home to many hundreds of mother languages and dialects. And yet, it is estimated that, of the 7000 living languages in the world, 3000 are endangered, and hundreds could become extinct in the coming years.
International Mother Language Day is thus not just a day of celebration but also a day of introspection, where we recognise the beauty and joy that all the myriad languages of the world bring us, and at the same time understand the challenges of preserving these artefacts of human cultures and identities in an increasingly homogenous world. Furthermore, at a personal level, it is a day where we acknowledge our cultural roots, and think back to how our mother languages shaped us.
Come, join us in celebrating the uniqueness and rich diversity of all mother languages.
Date: Wednesday, 17 February 2021
Time: 4.00 pm to 4.45 pm
Start right away!
You don’t have to wait for the formal event to start participating in this fiesta of mother tongues…we have multiple games lined up for you throughout the week! To begin, why don’t you try your hand at the quiz and matching game given below? Those who complete both and achieve the highest average score will get a special prize!
We also have some exciting ‘live’ games set up, starting on the 17th of February, at 3.30 pm. Interested? Here’s a quick preview:
Ek Do Teen: Can you recite numbers from one to ten in different languages? And that’s not all: can you do this recitation to the tune of some interesting background music? How many languages can you do this in? Come show us!
Trans-Dumb Charades: No, this is not about gender, but about translation. Can you get the audience to guess an answer, when the question is in another language?
Mother Tongue Twisters: These hilarious utterances will surely tie you up in knots!