It's International Mother Language Day on February 21, a date set up by Unesco to celebrate and promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism across the globe.
This seems as good an excuse as any to have a go at learning a new language.
These gadgets are not only lighter but also more fun than a traditional textbook.
Kids' play - LeapFrog LeapPad 2 Explorer - £74.99 from www.smythstoys.com
It is often said that a child's brain can soak up information like a sponge. This superb tablet with 5in screen comes with a handful of pre-installed apps and you can download several language apps designed for kids to have fun as they learn. With a built-in microphone, it's easy for youngsters to record and playback their favourite foreign phrases - perhaps you'll take in a few too.
Listen up - Pure Sensia 200D - £249.95 from www.johnlewis.com
When extended holidays aren't an option to help you pick up the local lingo, why not tune in to a digital (DAB) or internet radio station from your favourite clime? This sleek-looking, wireless music system with built-in Wi-Fi is about the best you can get. With tons of information available on the colour touchscreen - album art, weather reports, RSS feeds and photos - it'll be the perfect guide.
Write away - Irispen Translator 6 - £103.50 from www.pixmania.co.uk
Grab yourself some reading material and let this very clever pen assist in your learning. Recognising 128 languages and able to translate 11 language combinations, this is a superb teaching aid. Simply slide over a line of text and get an instant translation in Word, Outlook and Acrobat, or flick on the voice synthesis mode to have the text read aloud.
Time-teller - Verbarius Clock - £149.99 from www.firebox.com
When you're just a beginner, why not start by learning your numbers? This digitless LCD clock comes with five pre-loaded languages - English, German, Spanish, French and Russian - and it tells the time with only words - "five past four" rather than 04.05. Plus you can upload a host of other languages via the USB port - it's ideal shelf candy.
Text digest - Kindle Paperwhite - £109 from www.amazon.co.uk
When it comes to reading, there's not much that can beat this device for contrast and resolution. The screen is lit from the front so it's easy to read in all lighting conditions, from low light to bright sunshine. A sleek design with touchscreen display, it holds up to 1,100 books and has an eight-week battery life, giving you enough time to master the basics of your chosen language.
Edutainment time - KLOO Race To Paris Game Board - £13.74 from www.kloogame.com
With this award-winning game, players score points by making sentences in French. The longer the sentences and the more words you learn, the faster you can power your car toward the finish line. This games is fun for all ages and it's also available in Spanish as 'Race To Madrid'.
App of the week: Rosetta Course - free on iTunes
Regarded as one of the best language-learning schools, the Rosetta brand has made its extensive portfolio of languages available on iPad and iPhone - free for online subscribers. Its highly rated distance-learning methods are perfectly replicated with this top-class app to test out your speaking, listening and reading skills as well as your pronunciation. Now you can learn while on the move.