International Mother Language Day 2015

International Mother Language Day is an observance held annually on 21 February worldwide to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity.

Through its subtle nuances and distinctive sayings, each native language has the power to shape the thought process and ideas, and it is a major part of our own very identity.

We are celebrating this year’s International Mother Language Day by honoring each language’s unique sayings.

Here are a few of our favorites.


“Make hay when the sun shines”
English: to take an opportunity when the time is right.

“Petit à petit, l’oiseau fait son nid”
French: “little by little, the bird makes his nest”

“Wer rastet, der rostet”
German: “He who rests, grows rusty”

“A roupa suja lava-se em casa”
Portuguese: “don’t wash your dirty linen in public” it is an ill bird that fouls its own nest.

A la ocasión la pintan calva.
Spanish: “Opportunity knocks only once”

What is your favorite word or saying in your native language?  

Add to the the conversation by posting on Twitter or Instagram your favorite and most unique proverbs, words, or sayings from your mother tongue. Be sure to use the tag #IMLday so we can keep track of your posts!