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The finals of the Nice Hungarian Speech competition in 2018 for elementary and secondary school students (Kazinczy Competition) were organised in April. The national semi-finals of elementary school students from the Eastern and Western part of Hungary were organised on 6-8 April in Kisújszállás and on 12-14 April in Balatonboglár, respectively.

A five-week online competition titled “The Early Bird Catches the Worm” was organised for elementary school students in Kaposmérő and Kadarkút who could deepen their knowledge about idioms and proverbs through the game.  

The I/2 and II volumes of the Moldavian Hungarian Dialect Dictionary were launched on 13 April 2018 in the Library and Information Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. 

The Week of the Hungarian Language was organised for the 52nd time this year, on the 13th of April, 2018 in Tihany (Address: I. András tér 1.).

The number of European citizens supporting the European Citizens' Initiative “Minority SafePack –one million signatures for diversity in Europe” by far exceeded the goal of collecting one million signatures.

Noémi Bodnár, student of ELTE Linguistics Doctoral School will launch a course titled Sign Language and Deaf Culture in Hungary in the framework of the Open University Lectures of the Academy of Humanist Studies of Pest of the Eötvös Loránd University.

The article titled “Decay in Language or Deteriorating Language Use in Transylvania – Do We “Not Still” Know Hungarian?” was published on the website of Új Magyar Szó newspaper on 24 March 2018.

The third and last volume of the monumental work of János Péntek, academician, professor of linguistics, the Dictionary of the Hungarian Dialect in Moldavia was launched in the Banquet Hall of the Transylvanian Museum Association.

The Guttenberg Pál Folk High School and the Orpheusz Publishing House launch a poetry contest and short story competition for Hungarian secondary school students living abroad on the occasion of the Day of Hungarian Fiction.

In the Ukraine, the rights to the use of minority languages have ceased as no legislation explicitly regulating the language use has remained in force after the abolition of the Language Act, said Mihály Tóth, senior research fellow at the V. M. Kerensky Institute of State and Law of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in an interview with the Hungarian news agency MTI on Thursday.

Imre Wacha, linguist, speech therapist, the outstanding figure of Hungarian scientific life died at the age of 87 on Tuesday, on 13 February 2018.

Dr Vilma Eőry, advisor to the Institute for Hungarian Language Strategy was elected chair of the Vocabulary Subcommittee of the Committee on Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences at the renewal session held on 20 February 2018.

The resolution on the protection and non-discrimination with regard to minorities in the EU Member States was adopted by the European Parliament on 7 February 2018.

The Wacław Felczak Foundation was established under Act CLXVI of 2017 published in the Hungarian Official Gazette (Magyar Közlöny) no. 193 of 2017. The goal of the Foundation is “to further deepen the Hungarian-Polish friendship and cooperation”.

Several institutions and organisations raise concerns and proclaim their outrage at the Language Bill adopted by the Ukrainian Parliament in September. 

Under the resolution passed by the Hungarian Parliament in 2011, we celebrate the Day of the Hungarian language on 13 November commemorating the same day in 1844 when King Ferdinand V - bending to the demand of more than half a century of the Hungarian nation and reformers – adopted II preamble on the Hungarian language and nation, thereby making the Hungarian language official.

In 2015 the National Assembly of Hungary – in line with the commitment enshrined in the Fundamental Law – declared 15 November, the birthday of Gábor Bethlen, Prince of Transylvania the Day of the Hungarian diaspora. The goal of the Memorial Day is to draw the attention to the situation of the Hungarians living in diaspora in the Carpathian basin and to support them in remaining in their homeland and preserving their language, culture and identity.

The 9th of November was declared the Day of Hungarian Sign Language by a resolution of the National Assembly of Hungary.

By its decision of 31 October 2017, the Hungarian Parliament endorsed the European Citizens' Initiative on the protection of autochthonous national minorities and language groups.

On 8 October 2017, Professor János Péntek, member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Hungarian Language Strategy gave an interview with the title “No textbook preferred to bad textbook” to Tetőterasz (Rooftop) programme of Radio Kolozsvár (in Romanian: Radio România Cluj).