One globe but almost 200 countries on it and about 6000-7000 foreign languages. Why do people need so many languages? Is it a human aspiration of distinguishing from the others? Wouldn’t it be better and easier if there was just one code of communication common for everyone? My answer is: definitely not.
It is commonly known that in 19th century the Yiddish linguist Ludwig Zamenhof created an international language called Esperanto. He truly believed that all misunderstandings between people from different countries are caused by the lack of one common language. To prove that he was wrong I can use the non-significant number of native speakers of Esperanto, which ranges from 500,000 to 2 million.
Moreover, unifying all languages to the only one is just impossible because of linguistic and cultural reasons. Every nation has its own specific code of communication which plays the important role in people’s sense of belonging. Besides, it would be very unfair to made all people in the world to use one of existing languages, English for example.
On the other hand, some people believe that using one language could improve international relations in business and foreign policy. It’s not truth because international difficulties in negotiations or business cooperation are the result of various ethnic backgrounds, historical prejudices and cultural differences.
In my opinion, one common language is not a solution to problem of difficult international relations. To improve communication between different countries it is crucial to change people’s psyche and attitude to various nations.
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