Like Babel, but the other way around

A language is more than words.

According to the Latin American Information Agency (ALAI in Spanish initials) of the 6,000 languages spoken in the world nowadays, from a 50 to 90% will disappear during this century. This is mainly due to new technologies, global markets development and the expansion of power countries.

Every language has its own culture, ways of living and of communicating. You can have words, expressions, emotions that can not be translated to another language – a special meaning for each and every language.

From the beginning there was a fight between languages but, at first, reality was the opposite. There was just one language. The Biblical story of the Babel tower was a sample of that battle. Babel sounds like the Hebrew word for confused. “So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel-because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth” as the book of Genesis chapter 11 says.

Moving many centuries ahead from that, during the European conquests, English, French, Spanish and Portuguese grew their expansion and consequently, around 15% of the languages of the natives disappeared during the XVI Century.

Now, we have more than 6,000 languages. Human condition is the same as always. If men wanted to rule the world with just one language, now it´s the same story with over 6,000… or with the eventual number of languages that will survive this modern world.

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