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Single language on the Earth: is it possible?
There is no doubt that the process of learning languages takes a lot of time. In this case, some people may think that it would be more beneficial to have a unique widespread language that could be used in every single place of the Earth. But is this idea actually useful for the whole mankind? Let us think over it.
On the one hand, it is extremely important to save the cultural uniqueness of every person on our planet. Our native language (or languages) is a part of our culture that makes us different. We get it from our parents as a part of their life experience that makes it possible to feel the waves of previous generations.
In addition, I would like to point out several idioms in different languages. As we know, Latin is a paternal language both for English and French; there are a lot of proverbs that have exact the same translation in both of them. However, in English we say “to buy a pig in a poke” and it French it sounds like “to buy a cat in a poke” (“acheter chat en poche”). Even though these languages are similar, there are some historical attributes that make them extremely inspiring in their uniqueness.
On the other hand, we live in conditions of total English dominance. In previous centuries French was the dominant one in a view of France’s leadership; English is widespread in terms of the US and the UK dominance; in the Middle Ages Spanish was floating all over the world within sea explorations. In this case, it is a natural process of making some language dominant; for example, Chinese is expected to lead in the nearest future. Why not?
In my opinion, there are some risks in having a dominant language because it can be used as a political tool of pressure. Moreover, it is not a simple task to create a unique language that could be accepted by everyone. As an example, there is no ‘l’ in Japanese, ‘r’ in Chinese, ‘th’ in Russian; Arabian letters differ from Latin ones and Korean hieroglyphs, etc. Even so-called Esperanto is based more on Indo-European languages than on Altaic or Uralic ones. Also there are examples of creole languages and pidgins that are extremely simple but chaotic in structure. As for me, we have already used some experience in making the unique language and it is not too successful.
Summing it up, I feel that it is not the worst idea to have a widespread language to talk to the others; as we can see, there always have been some dominant languages of the most developed countries. But I’m really not sure that the process of its learning has to be forced by somebody because everyone has to be free in thinking.
|Category: 10 grade | Added by: 27.07.2018 |
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