European Day of Languages 2020


We very much regret to share the news that the EDL has been cancelled. The organisation decided in consultation with the OBA Amsterdam that due to rising numbers of COVID-19 infections in Amsterdam, the event could not go through in a safe, responsible way. The programme would involve too much mobility of the attendees, and too much risk of close contact and proximity. Thankfully we have been able to postpone the lecture with Sharon Unsworth until a later date, on which we’ll definitely keep you updated.


Celebrate the European Day of Languages with us!

EUNIC Netherlands, in collaboration with the OBA, is celebrating the yearly European Day of Languages. This day, taking place every year on the 26th of September, has become a tradition over time. To mark this event, a programme has been put together for the 24th of September at the OBA Oosterdok.

The European Day of Languages celebrates the enormous linguistic diversity within Europe. This day brings attention to all the different languages in Europe, and promotes the value of learning a new language. On the 24th of September, there will be a lecture by Sharon Unsworth on multilingualism, and a series of ‘speak-dating’ sessions.

Sharon Unsworth

Sharon Unsworth is a linguist at the Radboud University in Nijmegen. Unsworth researches what factors determine the success of bilingual education, and is passionate about passing on this knowledge to parents, teachers and policy-makers.

The ‘speak-dating’ sessions consist of one-on-one lessons by a native speaker, during which you’ll briefly get acquainted with a new language. We’ll have native speakers of German, French, Croatian, Czech, Hungarian, Italian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Gaeilge, Slovenian, Turkish, Spanish, Greek, Finnish, Polish and Austrian. In short you’ll experience the wealth of European languages!

More information about the exact time and location can be found on the OBA website. For english, click here.