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Why Linguistic Diversity Doesn't Make Sense to Me

Nyamweya is a columnist with a Kenyan print media.He is also a freelance writer with various online and offline media platforms

For me preservation of linguistic diversity is not warranted. Instead, a world with fewer languages would be a better one. Based on my school of thought, fewer languages will inherently reduce the complexities associated with learning new languages. More so, a lot of people would find it easier communicating and understanding one another without the need to use interpreters. Have you seen a situation where a Chinese official is required to use an interpreter with discussing important diplomatic issues with a country that doesn't understand Chinese? well, this is just a snapshot of what I mean. Literary, there are some countries you would not stay comfortably because you don't know any of their national languages. As much as anybody can be talented in learning or speaking many languages, the current number of world languages are so many that no one can possibly study all of them. In this regard, diverse languages make some aspects of life such as communication and cooperation to be unnecessarily difficult.

The world today boasts over 7.000 languages. The European Union uses more than 20 languages for its official communication while the United Nations has centered on six, at least to accommodate major groups and nations. Despite this, there are some people who are left out from these six languages and thus have to seek third parties for interpretation of the communication from the world bodies. Obviously, this diverse communication forms creates an obstacle for effective communication with many people. While some people may perceive this diversity to be richness and beauty and an expression of human variety, this phenomenon has long proved to be obstacle to effective communication and mutual understanding.

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