English Language Day
23 April 2010, we celebrated the first 'English Language Day' at UN
Headquarters. Below are links related to the activities, and a copy of
an iSeek article about the event.
|In a reading and book signing at the United Nations bookstore, American author Siri Hustvedt, author of The Enchantment of Lily Dahl
(which references Shakespeare's A Midummer Night's Dream) discussed how Shakespeare has inspired her work. See photo slideshow.
|English at the United Nations
||The panelists, including a representative from proofreading, translation, editing and
training briefly explained their job, presented their views on how English
at the UN is unique, and shared resources:
||At the Information Fair, the language training team presented several English study opportunities such as:
||Are you a student of English?
Try our idiom quiz and then check your answers.
The answer key includes sample sentences.
||Want to test your vocabulary?
Try these crossword puzzles - basic ones to much more advanced - and then check the puzzle answers (PDF)
- Poetry Exchange
is also 'National Poetry month' so we offered free poems to UNHQ staff
in exchange for their telling us their favorite poems and poets.
|Verbatim Reporting sevice
||Learn about the English Verbatim Service, English section - who they are and what they do.
Updated: Friday, 23 April 2010
Posted: Monday, 19 April
2010, New York | Author: Department of Public Information
Special events celebrating the
English language will take place in New York on Friday, 23 April. Everyone in
New York is encouraged to take some time to learn more about English resources
at the UN by attending special events planned for the day.
The occasion is the second in the Department of Public
Information’s “Language Days at the UN” initiative. French Language Day was
observed on 20 March 2010. The date for the English day, 23 April, was selected
as it is the date traditionally observed as William Shakespeare's
English Language Day will feature two information fairs, a Meet
the Author event, an awards ceremony, and a panel discussion.
a.m. to 3 p.m.
2nd floor of the North Lawn Building (near Café
Austria) & by DC-1 cafeteria.
Information fairs. Stop by to learn about English resources at
the UN, English courses and websites, play games, view films, and
A reading and a book signing by acclaimed
American author Siri Hustvedt, author of The Enchantment of Lily Dahl
(which references Shakespeare's A Midummer Night's Dream). Ms. Hustvedt will read from her book
and discuss how Shakespeare has inspired her work.
Conference Room 7 (North Lawn Building)
The St. Jerome Translation
Contest award ceremony
(second part) for 2010 will honor the winners of the contest in Arabic,
Chinese, English, Russian, Spanish, and German. The French
language ceremony took place in March.
3:15 to 4:15 p.m.
A panel discussion on the use of English at the
UN - including representatives from proofreading, translation, editing and
training. The panelists
will briefly explain what their office does, present their views on how English
at the UN is unique, and share resources that have been particularly useful
and/or could be useful for other staff.
About Language Days at the UN
Language Days at the UN seeks to celebrate multilingualism and
cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six official languages
throughout the Organization.
Under the new initiative, United Nations Headquarters – and
hopefully in the future duty stations around the world – will celebrate six days
dedicated to each UN official language:
Arabic (18 December)
Chinese (1 September)
French (20 March)
Russian (6 June)
For information about Language Days at the UN, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Einat
Temkin at 917-367-5841.
As part of the Language Days at the UN initiative, graphics have
been designed by the Graphic Design Unit at DPI, Outreach Division, New