UN English Language Day is observed annually on 23 April In United Nations. The event was established by UN's Department of Public Information in 2010 "to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six official languages throughout the Organization".

For the English language, 23 April was chosen because it is the date "traditionally observed as both the birthday and date of death of William Shakespeare". Other dates were selected for the celebration of the UN's other five official languages.

UN English Language Day Quotes, Wishes, Facts, Images, Poster, Pictures


The first origins of the English Language can be found in medieval England and takes its name from the Angles. The Angles were a West Germanic tribe that found its way to England, taking their name from the Anglia peninsula that juts out into the Baltic Sea. From its inception, it has taken on grammar, tones, and words from every language it has come into contact with. There are those who would argue that English is no longer a language of its own, but an amalgam of every language it’s come into contact with.

So powerful has English become, that it is now the Lingua Franca of the entire world, bringing together everyone for trade and communication, and serving as a required second language in almost every nation. English has become the official language of nearly 60 countries throughout the world, and it seems to gain ground with every passing year.

However, it also stands as one of the most complicated languages to learn as a second language (with Japanese standing toe to toe with it for this inauspicious award). Unsurprising when it contains words like their, there, and they’re. Or when the plural of goose is geese, but the plural of moose is… moose. English Language Day celebrates its history, its future, and its strangeness.

UN English Language Day Quotes, Wishes, Facts, Images, Poster, Pictures

English Language Day Quotes

1. English is flexible: you can jam it into a Cuisinart for an hour, remove it, and meaning will still emerge. - Douglas Coupland

2. I learned English by going to America and marrying an Englishman who didn't speak French. That helped. - Catherine Deneuve

3. The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help. - Ronald Reagan

4. Speaking English is like a tongue-twister for me. I can speak each word perfectly, but then you have to string them together, like "Blah, blah, blah" That's when I get crazy. - Jackie Chan

5. The English Language is my bitch. Or I don't speak it very well. Whatever. - Joss Whedon

6. The English language is so elastic that you can find another word to say the same thing. - Mahatma Gandhi

7. The English language is like London: proudly barbaric yet deeply civilized, too, common yet royal, vulgar yet processional, sacred yet profane. - Stephen Fry

8. With hard work, learning English, and getting involved, there is no limit on what you can achieve. - Arnold Schwarzenegger

9. The English language is rather like a monster accordion, stretchable at the whim of the editor, compressible ad lib. - Robert Burchfield

10. The English language is nobody's special property. - Derek Walcott

11. English is a really wonderful language and I urge you all to investigate it. - Werner Herzog

12. English is the perfect language for preachers because it allows you to talk until you think of what to say. - Garrison Keillor

13. In the English language there are orphans and widows, but there is no word for the parents who lose a child. - Jodi Picoult

14. The English language is full of words that are just waiting to be misspelled, and the world is full of sticklers, ready to pounce. - Mary Norris

15. In the English language, it all comes down to this: Twenty-six letters, when combined correctly, can create magic. Twenty -six letters form the foundation of a free, informed society. - John Grogan

16. They had nothing in common but the English language. - E. M. Forster

17. Writing in English is like throwing mud at a wall. - Joseph Conrad

18. The most beautiful words in the English language are 'not guilty'. - Maxim Gorky

19. Although spoken English doesn't obey the rules of written language, a person who doesn't know the rules thoroughly is at a great disadvantage. - Marilyn vos Savant

20. I am Irish by race but the English have condemned me to talk the language of Shakespeare. - Oscar Wilde

21. The most important words in the English language are not 'I love you' but 'it's benign.' - Woody Allen

22. We've been speaking English as a second language so long that we've forgotten it as our first. - Chuck Palahniuk

23. I look for poetry in English because it's the only language I read. - Jack Prelutsky

24. The English language is a work in progress. Have fun with it. - Jonathan Culver

Source: UN English Language Day: All The Things You Should Know About English Language

Top 7 Facts About English Language

- The English dictionary has 'ghost words' that mean nothing. They are non-existing words which appear due to printing errors.

- The longest English that can be spelt without repeating any letters is 'uncopyrightable'.

- Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosi' is the longest word according to the Oxford Modern English.

- There are around 360-400 million native speakers of the English language around the world.

- Approximately one new word is added to the English language every two hours.

- The shortest, oldest, and most commonly used word is 'I'.

- The word 'swims' will be 'swims' even when turned upside down.


If we are speaking English, we must be proud of it. That's on this UN English Language Day, Here we have shared these UN English Language Day Quotes, Wishes, Facts, Images, Poster & Pictures for you to share it with your friends & family.