|3.||Symbols that are used to communicate||4|
|4.||Time of change||5|
|5.||Do we have a global culture?||6|
|7.||Questions and answers about English!||8|
To communicate we use language, symbols and icons which is meaning of something. Eksperts who study languages say that there are 51 other languages with just one speaker left – 28 of them in Australia. These languages are so close to dying that nobody can save them. The experts tell us that out of the world’s 6,000 languages, 3,000 will disappear in the next 100 years.
There are many reasons why languages die. Sometimes natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods or hurricanes suddenly destroy small groups of people who live in far away places. Sometimes the weather changes and there isn’t enough food, and sometimes strangers bring new diseases. But disasters like there are not the biggest danger, and do not tell us why languages are disappearing faster than ever before. The real problem comes from the big world languages such as English, Spanish, Portuguese and French. Today, mainly because of America, English is the first world language, and it is very hard for smaller languages to survive.
We should care about languages that are in danger just as we should care about rare plants and animals.
Symbols are things like national flags, or the colours in a set of traffic light. They are useful because everybody understands what they mean, even if they come from a different country or speak a different language.
Symbols and icons are important in business. Teenagers and young adults are the main customers for companies like Cola and McDonald and these companies spend a lot of money making sure that young people recognise their symbols. Even nowadays there are times when we prefer to use symbols and icons to communicate our ideas to each other.
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