This week we have a guest post from Antonia Mochan, Head of Communication, Partnerships and Networks at the Representation of the European Commission in the UK.
Do you know how much of the writing on the internet is in English? You probably think it’s over 50 per cent. Maybe higher, nearer 75 per cent? Actually the real figure is something under one-third. That means that two-thirds of the information on the internet is in another language. Lots of people are writing interesting things every day, and speaking another language can help you access them. It was to start bringing attention to the multilingual nature of the internet that I came up with the idea of a Day of Multilingual Blogging, to help mark the European Day of Languages. The idea is that those taking part write their blog in a different language to usual on 26 September. For some people, this might mean writing in their native language when they usually blog in another. For others, like me, it means writing in one or more of the other languages we speak. We did it for the first time last year and had lots of people involved – even a government minister!
So if you’re a blogger who has knowledge of more than one language, why not take part? You can sign up on my blog, or, if you’re on Facebook, at our event page. We look forward to having you on board.