Language
Introduction
For those born in the English world, who have lived all their lives talking and communicating in one language, the idea that the entire world may speak one language in a slightly distant future may not be very disturbing nor novel.

the distribution of languages globally is very complex and difficult to easily describe. Numerous migrations of people over the last several centuries have resulted in most large nations now having many different languages. The majority of the languages in the world are unwritten and many of them are disappearing. About 1/2 of the world's languages are no longer spoken by children.

Some nations strongly resist the acquisition of new words from other languages. This has been the case with the French government's response to the relentless invasion of English words in recent decades, especially in pop culture and technology.

Language

2005 Est

Chinese

13.22%

Spanish

4.88%

English

4.68%

Arabic

3.12%

Hindi

2.74%

Portuguese

2.69%

Bengali

2.59%

Russian

2.20%

Japanese

1.85%

Standard German

1.44%

French

1.20%

Others

59.39%

As the world is gradually flattened out more and more, unique cultures and languages are being rolled over. The world demands more and more that single language to be the universal language in order to communicate between buisnesses, as well as between individuals. Well, the $600 million USD spent yearly on translation services at the UN .

An estimated 7,000 languages are being spoken around the world. But that number is expected to shrink rapidly in the coming decades. In 1992 a prominent US linguist stunned the academic world by predicting that by the year 2100, 90% of the world's languages would have ceased to exist. As globalisation sweeps around the world, it is perhaps natural that small communities come out of their isolation and seek interaction with the wider world. 133 languages are spoken by fewer than 10 people. Another fact is 6% of the world's languages are spoken by 94% of the world's population. An increasing number of communities are giving up their language by their own choice.

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