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European Day of Language, a day to celebrate all European languages and set by the council of Europe, was celebrated here at Roedean on Monday 26th September with a themed café in Horizons.
Jon Hawley, our Head chef, baked up some typical treats from all over Europe, including Churros con Chocolate from Spain, Pain au Chocolat from France, Apfelstrudel from Germany and other delicious pastries that had the girls coming back for more.
Our new language assistants all helped make the day that little bit more special by writing challenging quizzes about their countries and cultures, giving us all an insight into where they are from and teaching us a few things we certainly didn’t know before. Did you know that Germany’s oldest university is in Heidelberg and was founded in 1386, that 65% of the autobahn has no speed limit and that Germany ranks second in the world for beer consumption?
Languages are fun and Monday was no exception. Not only this, but they increase our understanding of other cultures and make us more open-minded to the world around us, they help expand our study options abroad, improve our chances of entry into university and enhance our cognitive ability – social skills, communication, confidence, etc. Also, they help us get more out of foreign travel. We can all relate to this - is there anything worse than being abroad and not being able to even greet people in their native language?
With three modern languages trips running this year and record numbers of girls signing up to go, we are certainly moving with the times.