European Day of Languages

Today is the European Day of Languages – an initiative started just 12 years ago to promote the learning of languages by people of any age, in and out of school in the belief that this will lead to greater cross cultural understanding. We wholeheartedly support this mission!

In order to our bit in the quest for plurilingualism and to encourage bonhomie amongst different cultures we asked you: What are the most important words to learn in any language?

You said: Hello, Beer, Love and Help

So we made you this cut out and keep guide for travelling Europe with the most important words in all European languages:

Hello Beer Love Help
Bulgarian Здравейте бира обичам помощ
Czech Ahoj! pivo láska pomoci
Danish Hej øl elsker hjælp
Dutch Hallo bier liefde hulp
English Hello Beer Love Help
Estonian Tere õlu armastus aitama
Finnish Hei olut rakkaus apua
French Bonjour biere amour au secours
German Guten Tag bier liebe hilfe
Greek γεια σας μπύρα αγάπη βοήθεια
Hungarian Szia sör szeretet segítség
Irish Dia duit beoir Is breá cabhrú le
Italian Buongiorno birra amore aiuto
Latvian sveiki alus mīlestība palīdzēt
Lithuanian Sveiki alus meilė padėti
Maltese Bonġu birra imħabba Ajjut
Polish Cześć piwo miłość pomoc
Portuguese Olá cerveja amor ajuda
Romanian Alo bere dragoste ajutor
Solvak ahoj pivo láska pomôcť
Slovene Pozdravi pivo ljubezen pomoč
Spanish ¡Hola! cerveza amor ayuda
Swedish hej! öl kärlek hjälp

We hope you enjoy it! I enjoyed making it and learning some new words – my favourite new words are:

Sveiki! = Hello in Latvian and Lithuanian

öl or øl = Beer in Swedish and Danish

mīlestība = Love in Latvian

Ajjut = Help in Maltese

Background:  Europe has 47 member states with more than 500 million people speaking 23 official working languages, 60 indigenous regional or minority languages, and a large number of immigrant/migrant languages. That’s a lot of people speaking a lot of different languages!

The good thing is most of these languages divide into three main language  families: Germanic, Romance and Slavic. So there is some commonality across the language groups.

Finally, If you spot any errors please let us know 🙂 We have done our best but sadly we don’t speak all 23 languages fluently!