What if there's only one language in the world?

@Jemina (5783)
July 11, 2007 7:55pm CST
I wish there's only one global language. Everybody understands each other. No need for translators. No need for language teachers. Time spent for learning a new language could be spent for a better undertakings. Money and effort lavishly spent for translations, international education could be spent for the improvement of people's lives. Read full article here http://pedagogist.blogspot.com/2007/07/wishing-for-one-global-language.html
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• India
12 Jul 07
Its not only impossible, but its against the very tendency of geography itself. Different languages have evolved on account of the scattered population on this huge earth, the different climatic conditions and different natural vegetations. Even if it so happens that the language of the whole world is set to one, gradually over a period of time groups over geographical regions will again have the language evolved in different languages and will eventually have several hundred languages.
@Jemina (5783)
13 Jul 07
But how did Australia, New Zealand, USA, England and other English speaking countries still understand each other? On the hand Spanish and South America and other Carribean Islands speak the same language though they are far from each other. The language hasn't change majorily.
@senthil2k (1501)
• India
12 Jul 07
One language for the entire World !!!! That’s a great thought and very thought itself feel very good for me. I can travel to any part of the world without worrying about the language problems. People can easily understand the other people in different parts of the world. Communication is the best solution for every problem. When communication improves with the common languages, I believe every worldly problem can be solved.
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@Jemina (5783)
13 Jul 07
Nice thought you have there my friend. I might include your response to my blog later, if you don't mind.
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@senthil2k (1501)
• India
13 Jul 07
Yes. You can use my response in your blog. Glad that you liked my response. Thanks.
• United States
12 Jul 07
I disagree I think we need diversity in the world even with language. We are all different and need to keep our heritage and our roots alive one way of doing that is by keeping our language. The world is to big a place to have one language even if we all spoke one language there would be different diaglects depending upon what part of the world people came from.
@Jemina (5783)
12 Jul 07
Thanks for your opinion, Pal. I agree with you. We need diversity. I was only wishing but not really believe it would ever happen.
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• United States
4 Jul 08
Thanks for best response
@vani24 (783)
• India
12 Jul 07
Yes i do feel more or less the same, its really good if there is only one language globally where in everyone can communicate easily no matter where ever they are...
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@Jemina (5783)
14 Jul 07
Nice to know your opinion, Vani. How I wish communication is that easy.
@mkirby624 (1599)
• United States
12 Jul 07
While that would be "convenient" I agree with an above poster that it would be boring. I love hearing other languages. Making everyone speak the same language would be like making everyone believe the same religion or have the same opinions. It takes away people's culture, heritige, and upbringing. Why on earth would anyone want to turn this diverse world into a planet full of people that were all the same?
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@Jemina (5783)
13 Jul 07
Why on earth? Because I'm just thinking out of my comfort zone or maybe in. Anyway, I appreciate your participation. Like I said, if there was only one language in the beginning we wouldn't know any difference.
@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
12 Jul 07
This was suggested by L L Zamenhof, who spent decades trying to create a language which would be pronouncable by all cultures. The result was Esperanto, which is probably only spoken by a couple of thousand people across the globe. The practical use of a universal language is obvious, but it would be difficult to persuade people to dismiss their own language and therefore part of their culture.
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@Jemina (5783)
12 Jul 07
That's right. I, myself, wouldn't want to give up my first language.
• United States
12 Jul 07
Even if we all spoke the same language, we would still need translators because each region would have their own take on the language. Like here in the States, we all speak American English but it is different in each State. We use the same words but their meaning varies.
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@Jemina (5783)
12 Jul 07
That's really interesting to note, isn't it? I actually think it's next to impossible though. Thanks for your input.
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• United States
12 Jul 07
You certainly have an excellent point. Unfortunately, that is unlikely to happen.
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@Jemina (5783)
12 Jul 07
Yea I know it's next to impossible. well, just a wishful thinking though as I experience a lot of difficulty here in Thailand.
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@ky1119 (699)
• United States
12 Jul 07
Think about how boring that would be. Think of the culture that so many people would lose because of losing their language. The rest of us would lose out on such a learning experience as well. If we all speak on uniform language, then we all are going to eventually live in uniform countries, in uniform houses, with our uniform spouses, kids, and pets. No, there doesn't need to be one global language.
@Jemina (5783)
12 Jul 07
You're right Ky1119..of course I haven't forgotten that our differences make us unique from each other.
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@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
12 Jul 07
Yeah it would be a whole lot easier if everyone in the world spoke just one language. I know only English and a little bit of Spainish.
@Jemina (5783)
12 Jul 07
Thanks, Shaun. Actually, sometimes when I let out my frustration I just want somebody to listen. I don't really expect everyone to agree with me as it it next to impossible as having one global language.
@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
12 Jul 07
Well we all want someonwe to listen to us when we are upset. So that is understandable.
@Jemina (5783)
13 Jul 07
That's so nice of you. I feel better already. Thanks again.
@2wicelot (2948)
12 Jul 07
It would have been a very excellent thing if there was only one language in the world. However, it seem there are a lot of languages in the world and even in particular countries and regions, they may have many languages spoken there. But the good thing about many of these places is there is always a common language that is shared by all so they can communicate with each other. I used top think Indians had one language they all spoke from watching some of there movies, but I found that that was not true.
@Jemina (5783)
13 Jul 07
There's approximately 6000 thousand languages in the world. How can we communicate to everyone but to have one global language. Well, just a wishful thought, anyway, I know it's impossible.
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@2wicelot (2948)
13 Jul 07
The whole world is different anyway. Different cultures, religions, races and all living in different geographical regions. I guess our culture and languages is always suited to where we come from. This is just a guess it may not be correct.
@dcroome2005 (1211)
• United States
14 Jul 07
I have mixed feelings on this. It would be a lot easier if the world only had one language. Language barriers can be so hard to deal with. The downfall is that there are some languages that are so beautiful to listen to when someone speaks them. It is what makes us all unique. I'm torn on this one.
@Jemina (5783)
15 Jul 07
Yes, I know how it feels. Though there are advantages there are also disadvantages. If you're from a country who speaks one language it might be hard to comprehend the language barrier I am dealing with. Anway check this blog http://www.blogchex.com/pedagogist/?
@jbrowsin66 (1322)
• United States
14 Jul 07
This is a very worthwhile point --I agree totally, but it would have to be a new language for everyone, otherwise we'd be fighting over whose to use, lol. Maybe we could start slow with small children in school... kind of like how they want to integrate the metric system... and that hasn't totally happened either.
@Jemina (5783)
15 Jul 07
That's right. Oftentimes a solution to one problem is the cause of another one. Hmmm...Well. by the way I want you to read this blog as well.. http://www.blogchex.com/pedagogist/?
@saraltoms (154)
• India
13 Jul 07
Yes. You are right. It would have stopped lot of fights and violence. And also it would have been a single country around the globe
@Jemina (5783)
15 Jul 07
You think so Saraltoms? How nice it would have been eh? There could still be variety in style or culture isn't it?
• China
13 Jul 07
That sound good but can't . The fact is that all the knowledges are in the same such as the math ,the chemical ,the physics and so on just in different language . I admire the first people who translate the different language ,they are great man .
@Jemina (5783)
15 Jul 07
I know it's impossible. Anyway, our rich diverse culture make each unique and interesting. However, sometimes it can't be avoided that problems creep in.
• United States
12 Jul 07
i have thought the same thing. sometimes i wish i knew every language or ofcousre we all had the same. i dont know it could change alot of things for better or worse. i guess since we have different ones we better be glad we do have translaters. lol.
@Jemina (5783)
15 Jul 07
Translators are very helpful and useful indeed but sometimes or most of the time when you need them you can't find them. There is beauty in diversity but if people try to misuse it for their advantage it is never a good thing.
@cassidy22 (2975)
• United States
12 Jul 07
But there is so much culture in languages. and when those languages are lost, so is that richness. It's our differences that make us all unique. And diversity is a good thing. So do you want us all to have the same skin and hair color, because there is so much wasted in developing clothing, make-up and jewelry to enhance skin and hair tones of all colors? Besides, there is nothing wrong with providing EDUCATION to those who need it - and providing jobs for people with those skills. If you truly think translation is a wasteful talent - I suggest you start looking at more definitive wastes in your own life. Do you drive to work or school, or do you walk? Do you eat prepackaged meals and throw away the containers, or do you eat fresh produce (grown locally) and compost the materials you don't eat? You could spend a lot more effort that will actually make a difference in reducing waste in your life than worrying about languages. Language creates culture, diversity and beauty.
@Jemina (5783)
15 Jul 07
Is anything wrong for wishing to understand everyone and be understood as well? By the way I would like you to read this blog http://www.blogchex.com/pedagogist/?
• China
12 Jul 07
yes ,i think your ideal is very good .if that we can have more time to do another important things but not to spare much time to learn language
@Jemina (5783)
13 Jul 07
Thank you Jligaogenj, your participation is well appreciated.
@diannebcrs (1549)
• Philippines
12 Jul 07
it would be boring, i guess. i read the blog and yes sometimes it would be hard to understand and communicate your point to others. it also goes with the culture. let's say we all speak english. but we speak it differently. we have different points. so i think we can never really come up with one common way of communicating. for us, for example, silence is okay. silence means yes. for others, it would seem rude that a person replies with silence.
@Jemina (5783)
13 Jul 07
Well of course it would be boring because we had seen a better one. But if there was only one language in the beginning then we wouldn't know any difference.
• India
12 Jul 07
Then life would be way easier for me compared to how thigns are now. Frankly seaking, the only language that i know completely is English! Then i know how to talk in malayalam but not to read and write, i know how to read and write hindi, but i don't understand it, i knwo to read and write sanskrit, but my understanding of the language is not complete, and i know to read arabic. If there was only one language i'd be all the much happier,wouldn't you?:)
@Jemina (5783)
13 Jul 07
Yes, my friend. All I wanted was just for everybody to understand each other. But still we can't do away with diversity. Well, we need variation anyway. Thanks for your input.