International Mother Language Day 2020

International Mother Language Day 2020 © Goethe-Institut

Sa, 22.02.2020


Would you like to know how to flirt in French, introduce yourself in isiXhosa or tell someone what’s what in German? Then don’t miss out on our event honouring the International Mother Language Day! We are celebrating languages from South Africa and abroad with a jam packed day of beginners’ language courses, a panel discussion (starting 2 pm) and global food and entertainment.

We have invited a variety of institutions from all over the world representing their language and culture at our institute - and win some language courses on top. Additionally, we are hosting a panel discussion on the importance of multilingualism with renowned politician Dr Makhosi Khoza, Prof Jonathan Jansen (Stellenbosch University) and Dr Samia Chasi (International Education Association of South Africa).

The UN established 21 February as the International Mother Language Day to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and to promote multilingualism – so it’s only fitting that we bring together a great round of experts on this topic and celebrate the importance of our many mother languages.

This is an event for the whole family, so make sure you bring uGogo nomKhulu, los niños, Oom and Tannie – basically die ganze Familie!

The International Mother Language Day is hosted by the Goethe-Institut South Africa on the occasion of our 25th Birthday.
We are proud to welcome our partners: Alliance Francaise, Ambani Africa, ATKV, British Council, Camoes, Confucius Institute (UJ), DAAD, Dante Alighieri Society, Deutsche Schule Johannesburg, Deutsche Schule Pretoria, Department of Greek and Latin Studies (UJ), Embassy of France, Embassy of Poland, Embassy of Spain, Embassy of Switzerland, Funda Isifundo, German Embassy Pretoria, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Mexican Studies Centre, Wallonie-Bruxelles, Wits Language School, Yunus Emre Enstitusu.

Please note: No parking will be available at the Goethe-Institut! There is limited parking available at Pannetone Cafe (Zoo Lake Sports Club, Westwold Way &, Cardigan Rd, Parkview, Randburg, 2122):
We advise you to car pool or make use of public transport/Uber/Bolt.

Mother Language partners