7 Ways to celebrate International Mother Language Day on your Android smartphone


International Mother Language Day (21 February) is all about celebrating the richness of the world’s different languages and cultures. It’s a day to reflect on and enjoy your mother tongue and to consider learning another language to experience the world in a new way. Alcatel suggests a few ways you can celebrate this day on your Android smartphone:

  1. Download the International Mother Language Day 21 February 1952 app

February 21 was first proclaimed as “Language Movement Day” in 1952 by Dhaka University students in Bangladesh who were protesting suppression of their Bengali language. Police and military forces opened fire, killing many young people in attendance. Check out this app to learn more about the history of the Language Movement.

  1. Download the Google Translate app

Learning a new language? Then Google Translate will be your best friend. It offers text translation across 103 languages, offline translation with no internet connection (59 languages), instant camera translation (88 languages) and more. It includes support for Afrikaans, isiXhosa and isiZulu, as well as many other African, Asian, European and Middle Eastern languages.

  1. Download the African Storybook Reader app

The African Storybook Reader has a unique collection of over 1,500 approved picture storybooks for early reading in 40 languages. No other publisher has the same range of languages nor access to the same network of authors, illustrators, and translators around Africa.

  1. Download the Lulla app

Lulla turns learning African languages into an adrenalin-filled game. In addition to isiXhosa and isiZulu, it offers lessons in Bambara, Baoule, Tamasheq, Swahili and more.

  1. Help your kids to learn and celebrate South African languages

Support your children in exploring and learning more of South Africa’s wonderful languages. The Mzanzi Kids multilingual language learning app was created for children between the ages of two and six. It highlights everyday concepts and correct pronunciation in English, Afrikaans, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi and Setswana.

  1. Listen to a radio broadcast

Celebrate your home language or improve your skills in another official language by enjoying a radio or TB broadcast. You can download the SABC Radio Stations app as a starting point for radio stations in many of the country’s official languages.

  1. Share an inspiring message on social media

Why not use your smartphone camera to record a 30-second video in your mother tongue and post it on social media? You could, for example, record a TikTok or Facebook video about why you love your mother tongue and mention some of your favourite words and idioms. Or say something like “stay at home, wear your musk in public and sanitise” to help keep South Africans safe during this pandemic.

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