23rd April is World English Language Day

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23rd April each year is observed as English Language Day. This day is the official birth and death day of one of the greatest English writers to have graced the Earth – William Shakespeare.

Who was William Shakespeare?

Born on 23rd April 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare is widely considered as one of the best writers of all time. In his lifetime, he wrote over thirty-five plays in four categories – history, comedy, tragedy, and romance.

Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet, and Much Ado About Nothing are only a few of his prominent works.

Despite being one of the most renowned and popular writers of all time, surprisingly not much is known about Shakespeare’s personal life.

English Langauge Day

The World English Language Day came into being as a result of an initiative by the United Nations Department of Public Information, which established a day to celebrate each of the six official languages of the United Nations – English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish.

The objective of this day is to bring about an awareness about the English language and a respect for the culture and history of the language.

The first World English Language Day was observed on 23 April 2010.

Importance of English language

English is so commonly spoken around the world that it is very often called the ‘world language’ or the ‘lingua franca’ of the world – a language that is spoken by two speakers whose native languages are not common.

On this Day, Let’s Have a Look at Some Interesting and Fun Facts about this Language.

What other trivia about this language are we missing? Let us know in the comments section below!

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