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The Language Year: Universals and Identities

Every year, the University chooses a theme to articulate through a series of events and activities. The year 2019-2020 is thus “Language Year” at the ULB, offering an opportunity to promote multilingualism on the one hand and to turn our attention to indigenous languages on the other. 



Here, you will find the agenda for Language Year events and activities. 

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Here, you will find all the news around our Language Year. 

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REPORTE Esperanto 2.0 @ ULB-VUB: A new post-Brexit adventure?

March 23, 2020

Saluton!* What is Esperanto? How many people in the world speak it? Could Esperanto become the new post-Brexit lingua franca in Europe? Where to learn it online? Are there native Esperanto speakers? How to meet people speaking it at ULB or VUB? How to travel the world with Esperanto?

Tentez l'interprétation simultanée avec notre cabine d'essai!

March 10, 2020

Dans le cadre de l’Année des Langues, des collègues de l'EPB, de l'ITC, du service de menuiserie et de l'ISTI ont collaboré pour créer une Cabine mobile d’interprétation. Cette cabine sera inaugurée le 16 mars au Foyer Culturel dans le cadre du BLC.

From the BBC: "War of words as Nigerian English recognised by Oxford English Dictionary"

March 3, 2020

Nigerian English words have recently been added to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), but there is still a debate in the country about what constitutes proper English, as the BBC's Nduka Orjinmo writes from Lagos. "Come to an all-night prayer vigil to welcome the ember months," read a text from my mother. It was an August ritual she had reminded me about severally. "I have something to do next tomorrow," I texted back from the barbing salon. "You sef," came her instant reply, half-irritated, half-rebuking. What I considered to be a conversation in perfect English between my mother and me would have been regarded as wrong by the self-appointed language police here. But now I have something with which I can defend myself, thanks to the OED, which calls itself "the definitive record of the English language".

Appel aux étudiant-e-s ressortissant des pays de langue portugaise

February 17, 2020

Le Centre de Langue Portugaise Camões, I.P. à l’ULB veut célébrer la Jour-née Internationale des Langues Maternelles avec les étudiants ressortissants de pays de langue portugaise !

Votre langue maternelle est un dialecte ou une langue non européenne ?

February 17, 2020

Federica Fantini, artiste en résidence à l’ULB dans le cadre de l'année des Langues, recherche des personnes dont la langue maternelle (ou principale) est un dialecte ou une langue non européenne pour réaliser l'installation "Chinese Whispers", qui sera présentée en mars dans le cadre du festival Bruxelles Libre Culture (BLC).