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S pain, officially the Kingdom of Spain is a sovereign state mostly located on

the Iberian Peninsula in Europe. The country's mainland is bordered to the
south and east by the Mediterranean Sea except for a small land boundary
with Gibraltar; to the north and northeast by France, Andorra, and the Bay of Biscay; and
to the west and northwest by Portugal and the Atlantic Ocean. Spanish territory includes
two large archipelagoes, the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea and the Canary
Islands off the African Atlantic coast, two cities, Ceuta and Melilla, on the African
mainland and several small islands in the Alboran Sea near the African coast. Spain is the
only European country to have a border with an African country (Morocco).

Spain is one of the most visited countries annually for the beauty and uniqueness of
its cities, fine sand beaches, sangria, flamenco, music, sun and fun festivals (fiestas) that
take place here on various occasions. When we say Spain, most tourists think of its capital,
Madrid, the famous Barcelona, the modern Valencia, the sunny Granada or Seville - all of
them being extremely beautiful cities with many great tourist attractions. Let's not forget
the island of Ibiza or the famous Palma de Mallorca, where the parties keep up until

Did you know this about… Spain?
 the oldest restaurant in the world is in Madrid. It is called
Sobrino de Botin and was opened in 1725.
 Spaniards are the ones who invented the famous siesta, the
afternoon sleep. Thus, in Spain, you will notice that many shops
close immediately after lunch, usually between 13:00 and 15:00,
when employees have a break for rest.
 Sangria is an alcoholic beverage of Spanish origin. The sangria
traditionally consists of red wine and chopped fruit, often with
other ingredients such as orange juice or brandy.
 in Spain, four different languages are spoken. The "classic"
Spanish, to which we all refer, is actually Castilian, and the other
are Catalan (the language spoken by the Barcelona and Catalunya,
Valencia and Balearic regions), Galician and Basque.

even if the subject ― "yo" is not included: (1) "yo tengo un gato" (I have a cat) (2) "tengo un gato". Guatemala.  Spanish is considered a pro-drop language. It seems that the number of native speakers of Spanish is more than 410 million. Mexico. Argentina. For example the following sentences are both grammatically correct.  The picture on the flag is the royal seal of the country. it is surrounded by the pillars of Hercules.  The RED coloring on the flag is meant to represent hardiness. Paraguay. Bolivia. Nicaragua. . Panama and Venezuela. Dominican Republic.  Spanish is the second most popular language in the world. Equatorial Guinea. bravery. Ecuador. strength and valour. Honduras.  The motto is: "Plus Ultra"  The anthem of Spain: "Marcha Real"  The YELLOW coloring on the flag is meant to represent generosity. Colombia. Uruguay. Spanish being the official language in the following countries: Spain. where the subject of the sentence may be absent. Cuba. Puerto Rico. El Salvador. Chile.

was successful in involving millions of people across 45 participating countries. This is an important resource to be recognised. which must be preserved and fostered. used and cherished. jointly organised by the Council of Europe and the European Union.  Encouraging lifelong language learning in and out of school. Its activities celebrated linguistic diversity in Europe and promoted language learning. WHAT IS THE EUROPEAN DAY OF LANGUAGES? The European Year of Languages 2001. whether for study purposes. for professional needs. Learning other peoples' languages is a way of helping us to understand each other better and overcome our cultural differences. The general objectives of the European Day of Languages are:  Alerting the public to the importance of language learning and diversifying the range of languages learnt in order to increase plurilingualism and intercultural understanding. Project members: Bejgu Jasmine Bunescu Izabela Class: XII I . WHY A EUROPEAN DAY OF LANGUAGES? Europe is rich in languages . for purposes of mobility or for pleasure and exchanges.  Promoting the rich linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe. The Council of Europe declared a European Day of Languages to be celebrated on 26th of September each year.there are over 200 European languages and many more spoken by citizens whose family origin is from other continents.

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