Eddie Izzard named public language champion

The public has chosen stand-up comedian Eddie Izzard as their 2014 public language champion.

The award was announced on Friday at the Guardian and British Academy 2014 Schools Language Awards in central London as part of the annual Language Festival. The Public Language Champion award invites Guardian readers to nominate public figures that advertise the worth of speaking one more language.

Eddie Izzard is a extended-time advocate for the value of language studying. Readers highlight his international tour Force Majeure which sees him delivering sets in Arabic, German, Spanish and French. As portion of the tour, and to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day, he also carried out the show 3 instances in three different languages.

“I am very happy to win this award,” Eddie Izzard explained. “I think we have to inform individuals that understanding one more language is really an adventure. It is difficult, it demands perform, but what it will do is that it will open up another country to you with all the colors of their people, their foods, their customs, their sports activities and their culture. And you will grow to be greater human being by going on that adventure.”

Speaking of his partnership with language finding out, Eddie Izzard recently advised the Guardian’s language understanding series: “There’s a political basis for me to finding out other languages, simply because if we do not come collectively in the globe then the world’s not going to make it.”

Other nominees this yr integrated Pep Guardiola, the manager of Bayern Munich football club, and Nick Clegg, the deputy prime minister. The winner was picked by judges from the Guardian and the British Academy. Eddie Izzard follows Arsène Wenger, manager of Arsenal football club, who won the award final year.

The public language champion award is component of an ongoing campaign with the British Academy to increase the profile of language learning in the Uk.

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