“We Are Not That Different”: the Mother Language Day Celebrated at LETI

“We Are Not That Different”: the Mother Language Day Celebrated at LETI

Students from Russia, Iran, Turkey, Cameroon, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Angola and Mali presented their performances at the International Mother Language Day Concert.

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The International Mother Language Day Concert took place on February, 19 in the Assembly Hall of Building 3. Russian and foreign students took part in the event and introduced each other to the cultural riches of their homelands. The concert was opened by Head of the Department of Russian Language of ETU “LETI” Ekaterina M. Bayeva.

«Today we are celebrating cultural diversity. We are celebrating your national languages and the countries where you come from, our friendship and our mutual respect for each other. Today’s event has given us all a unique opportunity to learn something new about different languages and countries.»

Head of the Department of Russian Language of ETU “LETI” Ekaterina M. Bayeva

Head of the International Students Office of ETU “LETI” Renat A. Yalyshev also addressed the performers and guests with a welcoming speech.

«There are more than 190 nationalities living in Russia and almost all of them have their own languages. With your arrival there are even more ethnic groups and languages to be found in our country. Students and teachers of Russian universities always take interest in the cultures of other nations and this is why we are happy to have so many foreign students, this is why we hold events like today’s concert.»

Head of the International Students Office of ETU “LETI” Renat A. Yalyshev

The year 2024 marks 225 years since a great Russian poet and the creator of the modern Russian language Alexander S. Pushkin was born, therefore, the first part of the concert concentrated on his literary legacy. Russian and foreign students recited famous poems and fairytales by A. S. Pushkin both in the original and in translation to various languages, from French to Urdu.

The second part of the concert consisted of performances of different kinds and on different topics presented in the mother tongues of the participants. The students recited poems and sang songs in 11 languages, including such remote and unique as Berber and Chichewa. The other performances included cultural-studies-oriented presentations on Algeria, Turkey and Senegal, an Angolan dance named “kuduro” and a mini-lesson on languages Twi and Farefare that are spoken in Ghana.

«Todays concert is a very good idea. It unites students who come from different cultures and speak different languages. The International Students Office and the Department of the Russian Language did a great job with setting up this event and giving us the good vibe to present our countries and our cultures.»

A student of the 6th group of the Preparatory Department of ETU “LETI” Drif Mohamed Habib

Finally, the 1st group of the Preparatory Department of ETU “LETI” took the stage to sing a famous M. N. Dunayevski’s song “Bad Weather” in Russian.

«Its very good to hear what other languages sound because when you only hear your language, you dont know the differences and the similarities between languages. And when you start learning other languages, you see some similarities and you start to think: although we come from different places, we are not that different.» 

A student of the 6th group of the Preparatory Department of ETU “LETI” Iyice Mustafa Kerim

In total, 40 people performed in the concert. They represented 17 languages. Some students participated in the Mother Language Day Celebration for the second time. Moreover, many participants of the last year’s concert came to see this year’s event.

About the International Mother Language Day

The International Mother Language Day was established by the UNESCO General Conference in 1999 and was first celebrated in 2000. ETU “LETI” held the first Mother Language Day Concert in 2023.