Understanding and speaking foreign languages makes our life easier when we travel abroad and meet people from different countries. But languages also open doors to new friendships, new cultures and new opportunities. The European Union is composed of 27 countries with 23 official languages. Here's a practical taste of each one of them that just might help you peek behind some of those doors. Simply unfold the outer flap of the brochure showing several phrases in your language and compare them with the translations inside.