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Beautiful December

Now, when the garden awaits the return of spring
Now, when the silence is deep and blue
Now, when the winter has cast her spell again
Beautiful December, Beautiful December

Here, where the snow is as soft as a woolly lamb
Here, where the nightfall is deep and blue,
Here, where the stars are so bright, you reach for them
Beautiful December, Beautiful December

Child, may you sleep in gentle peace tonight
Dream of songs that rise on silken wings!
When you wake, enchanted by the snowspun light
Sing the songs that came to you in dreams,
Your beautiful December dreams
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How you celebrate International mother language day?

Every 21 February we celebrated international mother language day in Bangladesh. Earlier we celebrated this day as “language day”. This language day proclaimed as international mother language day in 1999 by the UNESCO. In this day all show their respect to the language martyred. Everybody go to the “shahid minar” (martyr monument) where they show their respect and gratitude to bengali language martyr by giving flower and wearing black badge. All age group people went their respective local “shahid minar”(martyr monument). We had lot of cultural program like recitation of poem, team wise cultural dance, drama and folk song. President and Prime minister show their respect to the language martyr at start of the day when have time 12:01AM (late night).

UN announced to celebrate this day all over the world. From 2000, theme of this day had changed as this became international mother language day. We showed our respect to all different languages of the world even for all minor ethnic groups. Here language research centre inaugurated. This centre working for keeping existence of all language as few languages is going to lose from the earth. They will also work for proper using languages. This is a big project. Local government with UN tries to accomplish this mission.

However, have you ever observed this day? How you celebrate this 15th international mother language day?


  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,656 mod
    We don't really celebrate this in the UK. Probably because we expect everyone to speak English. ;)
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 1,785 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @Lynne I thought you spoke Polish, didn't you? ;)


    I haven't heard of this day though. :(
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 28,555 mod
    edited March 2015
    How many languages are spoken in Bangladesh @zahir? I wasn't aware of this special day. In Nepal there are just over 100 languages, but every few years unfortunately, one dies out. For a few languages, there are only a few dozen or even a few hundred people using them. I'm sure these will bite the dust soon.

    When people move to the city, invariably they don't want to use their mother tongue and speak Nepali, not to be made to feel so much like country people. They often don't teach their children their mother tongue. I have many friends like this.

    There is a very fine institute in Paris that is working on researching languages like these and preserving them from total extinction.
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,131 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    My mother language is Urdu so let me write down a sentence in Urdu:
    مجھے اردو زبان بہت پسند ہے۔ (I like Urdu language very much)
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 28,555 mod
    You will probably understand Nepali after a fashion @bubbli. It's closer to Hindi but an Urdu-soeaking mmedical student from the UK who came to Nepal some time ago said it didn't take very long to understand a fair amount.
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,131 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    @mheredge I have no idea about Nepali language. I will listen to it and if it is close to Urdu then I will be able to lwarn it quickly. I am very fond of learning French besides English and I think French language is easier if someone knows English well.
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 0 ✭✭
    My mother language is Arabic.. We all proud of it as Arab.
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,131 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    @sarataer I have some basic understanding of Arabic. I will learn it from you and if you are not available I will learn it from @Xanthippe :P
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 1,785 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @bubbli You overestimate my capacity. I am really struggling. :)
    But I agree Arabic is beautiful. :)
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,131 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    @Xanthippe I was underestimating you first, then I thought you might hurt so I overestimated you.:p
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,131 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    @Xanthippe you will learn Arabic soon because of your determination.
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 1,785 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @bubbli I hope so. :) :) :) Hope never dies. :)
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 0 ✭✭
    @bubbli sure i would love doing that with my pleasure.
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,131 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    @sarataer so how do I join your class? :)
  • chyijungchyijung Posts: 2,141 ✭✭✭✭
    My mother language is chinese 我愛中文 ( I love chinese language)
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 0 ✭✭
    When you are ready just contact with me. .feel free and I will help as possible as I can. @bubbli
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,131 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    @sarataer I am already learning it. But will ask you when I got stuck, Jazak ul Khair.
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 0 ✭✭
    Big like.. keep going and I will be waiting for you to get stuck in ;-) @bubbli
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 0 ✭✭
    @bubbli do you learn how to pronounce the alphabet and words, because you may face some difficulties with this according to your mother's tongue.
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,131 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    @sarataer I know because I recite Holy Quran. I know the meanings of many Arabic words.
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 0 ✭✭
    You are Muslim then♡
    nice to meet you Mr or Mrs @bubbli
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,131 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    LOL @sarataer I am not either Mr nor Mrs. I am miss and you missed the Miss category in determining status. :)
    So tell me more about Arabic language. How much it is different from the Quranic language.
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 0 ✭✭
    LOL @bubbli that's my fault!
    in Quranic language the standard Arabic is used but we talk the common Arabic which is easy than standard. Every country got it's own dialect of Arabic language.
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,131 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    @sarataer There are similarities between Arabic language and Quranic language. I think both of them share Alphabets and grammar.
  • aryarchiaryarchi Posts: 864 ✭✭✭
    @bubbli , I think that differences are the same as what we have in English, the differences between slang and standard word order for example.
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,131 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    @aryarchi There are strick grammar rules in Quranic Arabic but not in language. Undoubtedly this is very comprehensive language with profound meanings.
  • aryarchiaryarchi Posts: 864 ✭✭✭
    @bubbli , Of course, Quran is believed to be spiritually created. That's why we don't intend to compare it with any other kind of language.
  • KhaliedKhalied EgyptPosts: 2,229 ✭✭✭✭✭
    My mother language is Arabic we don't make any celebrit about mother language
  • kindgnicekindgnice LEO Motivator!!! Posts: 7,673 mod
    Me too @gomaa. I don't know the exact date of celebrating our National language, but I do love my mother language, Filipino language.

    Mahal ko ang sarili kong wika.
  • KhaliedKhalied EgyptPosts: 2,229 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @kindgnice i have one friend from your country told me the people's in Philippine speak two language English and Filipino
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