Poles in US Declare Bilingual Day

Polish American

Polish American

On 13 October the Polish minority in New York declared that every year on every second Saturday in October they will celebrate Polish Bilingual Day, during which, the Polish language and Polish culture will be promoted. Another aim of the event is to improve the image of the Polish community living in America. Organisers of the event announced that Polish institutions and particularly Saturday schools will promote bilingualism during various meetings, expos and shows taking place in many cities across the US as well as in other countries of the world. These institutions will encourage Poles not to overuse English loanwords in the Polish language and remind everyone of the Polish contribution to American culture throughout history. Celebrations of Polish Bilingual Day support the objectives of a NYC project called Dobra Polska Szkoła (Good Polish School) and DobraPolskaSzkoła.com, which is leading a language preservation campaign directed at Poles living abroad. Marta Kustek, chief editor of the website, explains that celebrating Polish Bilingual Day will help Polish parents of children born in the US to realise the importance of passing on their mother tongue to their children, and consequently, Polish culture and traditions with it. wiadomosci.onet.pl

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