ACOUP celebrates International Mother Language Day 2024

Feb 21, 2024

The UAE's population is a diverse mix of nationalities, languages and dialects, and is known for attracting talent from all over the world. 

Bringing together and blending different cultures, there are a vast range of mother languages, and all are celebrated by ACOUP Employment Services

International Mother Language Day was first introduced in 1999 with the intention of ensuring local languages and dialects survive. With a local language becoming extinct every two weeks, this global day is vital to make an impact. 

There are many benefits to mother languages, even if they are only spoken by small numbers of people. As well as being proven to show developmental and cognitive improvements, every person's native tongue is a huge part of their culture, traditions and history. Keeping it alive and sharing it with other cultures and nationalities is a gift that should be protected. 

Although having fluent English or Arabic is essential for many healthcare roles that need to communicate with other nationalities, the need for mother language is by no means lost. 

Why are Mother Languages Important in Healthcare? 

Within the medical industry, mother language can also be a huge benefit for healthcare professionals. Research in recent years has shown that when patients and their physicians or healthcare providers speak the same language, patients report less confusion and better quality of care. 

In a country such as the UAE, where there is a huge expat populatio, or in the UK, where languages and cultures are growing, these benefits matter. For example, a patient in distress or discomfort may find speaking in their native tongue a calming experience, where they feel they have been heard and understood. 

Some research has even encouraged medical staff to learn multiple new languages, to try and treat as many people as possible with the best level of care that they appreciate and understand. 

As a healthcare recruiter these ideas and messages are held strongly by ACOUP Employment Services, as we provide staffing solutions for both the UAE & UK. Passionate about advancing careers and offering quality candidates, our interest in communication through mother and general language is significant. 

Why are Mother Languages Important to Us?

Within ACOUP itself, our organisation is a blend of nationalities, cultures and traditions with many mother languages. Sharing each of their dialects, some of our staff members explained what their mother language means to them. 

"Tagalog is my mother language as a Filipino which means 'from the river.' Spanish was our first national language despite it not being a Philippine language since the concept of the Philippines as a nation was originally created by the Spanish. In order to be more nationalistic, they decided to create a national language that is "indigenous/our own." - Jane, Recruitment. 

"Happy International Mother Language Day! My mother tongue, Hindi, is not just a language to me; it's a connection to my roots, culture and heritage. It fills my heart with warmth, as it resonates with the stories of my ancestors and the melodies of my childhood." - Shiny, Training Institute 

"My mother language is Filipino (Tagalog.) It reflects our diverse ethnicities and dialects, enhancing our unique identity as Filipino citizens. Understanding Filipino language provides insight into our customs, traditions and values."- Rea, Nurse/Trainer

To mark International Mother Language Day, ACOUP commits to continuing to celebrate native languages as a valuable skill and ensure that the healthcare and medical professionals are matched with positions that will allow them to practice and utilise these historic dialects. 

As well as communicating in widely spoken languages, the use of mother and native tongues is vital to ensuring development, support and traditions in industries around the world. 

If you would like to know more about ACOUP Employnment Services and our role in healthcare recruitment for the UAE & UK, please visit our website

If you are looking to apply for a new position in healthcare, please visit our jobs page to view all current vacancies