International Mother Language Day at Bangor University

On Wednesday the 21st of February, students at Bangor University celebrated ‘International Mother Language Day’

With students from nearly 90 countries represented at the University, the day celebrated the linguistic diversity at Bangor, with students from all over the world promoting and sharing their own language.

The University’s International Student Support Office (ISSO) worked with the School of Modern Languages and Cultures and Bangor LangSoc student society to celebrate the day. This involved a pop-up event on campus, where students pinned more than 100 personal messages on a world map written in their own mother languages, highlighting the unique cultural mixing pot that is Bangor University. This was followed by an evening gathering at the Belle Vue Pub, with 4 talks from students and staff about minority languages and the importance of their conservation, together with a languages quiz.

Marcel Clusa from the ISSO was hugely impressed with the range and diversity of languages spoken by students at Bangor. He said: “I couldn’t believe the amount of written messages we had by the end of the day. So many different languages! And every single one spread positivity, peace and unity, showing how languages can bring people together. Groups of friends were showing up, none of them speaking the same mother language, but clearly demonstrating that friendship and love can break any barrier, be it cultural, geographical or political. This is something we should all  embrace and learn from, especially in the present international climate. It was fantastic.”

Publication date: 22 February 2017