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2017-09-27 00:00:02

Erasmus Students Taught at Utena & Alanta Gymnasiums on Language Day

20170926125626 Sept. 26th, 2017, marking the European Day of Languages, a group of lecturers and two Mykolas Romeris University (MRU) Erasmus students studying in France and Italy discussed culture, stereotypes and traditions in Italy and France at two gymnasiums in Lithuania.

The visit included stops at the Utena Adolfo Šapokos and Molėtų regional Alanta Gymnasium.

MRU Erasmus students Benjamin Boisard from France's Le Havre University and Belarus student Antanina Ukhnaliova, studying in Italy, discussed French and Italian languages. Boisard emphasized that 274-million people speak French in various parts of the world.

MRU Lecturer Kristina Schimmels from the U.S. presented a lecture on words and "Why Words Matter." Schimmels, who has been living in Lithuania for the past 5 years, explained why words are important.

We write poetry using words. We use words to talk to each other and discuss our thoughts. Words give us this power and with this power we are able to change the world and make it a better place.

Schimmels told pupils how she first found out about Lithuania.

In Chicago she had two neighbours, who were Lithuanian and would often talk their home country. Schimmels looked at a map and couldn't find Lithuania. Then everything changed in 1990, when words changed history and changed not only the history of Lithuania, but the entire world. These words gave Lithuanians the power to change their history.

Norwegian Lecturer Assoc. Prof. Sigita Rackevičienė taught pupils several phrases in Norwegian. She explained why Norwegian is an interesting language and why it's worth studying it.

MRU Erasmus student Antanina Ukhnaliova from Belarus and studying in Italy, presented interesting facts about Italian and Italy's culture.

In the world there are about 6,000 languages and each of the languages opens a door to a new world.