World Arabic Language Day

Used daily by more than 400 million people, Arabic (the word meaning nomadic) was first spoken by nomadic tribes who occupied the area between Mesopotamia, the Lebanon mountains, the Sinai and northwestern Arabia. Much of what is known of written, classical (or old)...

World Tsunami Awareness Day

Tsunamis are giant ocean waves caused by earthquakes or volcanic eruptions under the sea. As the waves travel inland (sometimes at the speed of a jet plane), they get higher and higher as the depth of the ocean decreases. Though rare, tsunamis can be extremely deadly....

International Translation Day

International Translation Day is to pay tribute to the work of language professionals in bringing nations together, facilitating dialogue, understanding and cooperation, contributing to development and strengthening world peace and security. Transposition of a...

International Day of Sign Languages

The proposal for International Day of Sign Languages came from the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) — 135 national associations representing 70 million deaf people’s human rights worldwide — and marks the date that the WFD was established in 1951 as an...