Every year several languages die out. Some people think that this is not important because life will be easier if there are fewer languages in the world
To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Analysis of topic: To what extent do you agree or disagree… in other words.. you can discuss both views.. and support one… Make sure you give a clear final verdict that reflects your opinion
It is good because:1. Fewer languages, easier communication 2. Some languages lose relevance 3. Ease of Business..
It is bad because..1. Cultural diversity 2. Regional nuances 3. Scriptures and old knowledge
I support.. Preserving languages is important from the perspective of preserving diversity of cultures and old-knowledge..
Write conclusion first.. While some languages might not be used in day-to-day, transactions, it still makes eminent sense to save them.
Languages are akin to bridges. Every language old or new; spoken by many, or by a few, has its value, and so it should be preserved. Let us dig deeper to understand the nuances of this subject, with some examples.
Counter argument first:
Will fewer languages make our life easier or convenient? Well, it may ease communication to a certain extent. Businessmen my find it easier to tie with people from diverse cultures, if they communicate using same verbiage. It is also true that, languages have their own life-span. They are similar to living entities, and with passage of time, their vocabulary, rules of grammar etc lose relevance. So, it is natural for some languages to lose currency. It will not be a good idea (pragmatic) to force using a certain language, even if it does not serve the purpose. In other words, fewer languages may have some advantages.
Does this mean, old languages need not be preserved? I beg to differ. Death of a language is the death of an era. It means a fatal blow to associated knowledge. To quote an example, Sanskrit is an old Indian language which is not very popular today, however, old Hindu scriptures such as Bhagwat Geeta and Ramayana were written in this language. Further, books of Aurveda (a branch of medicine) ,were also written in Sanskrit. To preserve this knowledge, it is imperative to preserve Sanskrit.
There are other compelling arguments to preserve old languages. A language is like Oxygen for the culture of an area. To preserve the rich and diverse culture of a region, it becomes necessary to preserve the native language.
To conclude, while some languages might not be used in day-to-day transactions, it still makes eminent sense to preserve them.