The art of one’s vernacular is fascinating. Simply listening to multilingual, multicultural conversations, even when you don’t understand a word that’s being said is an intriguing experience that invites you to learn more about it.
While there is no definitive count of the total number of languages spoken in the world, the Ethnologue catalog of world languages, which is one of the best linguistic resources, currently lists 6,909 living languages. About 6% of them have more than a million speakers each and collectively account for 94% of the world population.
Amid genetically distinct cultures, many languages are becoming a dying art, especially as the older generation passes away. For instance, immigration brought the influx flavor of many languages and cultures to the USA, way before the country’s declaration. Although English was voted the official language in the United States, Native American languages such as Sioux, Quechua, Navajo, Cherokee, Nahuatl, Papago, Cree, Crow, and Hopi were among the country’s native vernacular. The fear of linguistic annihilation has brought on the proliferation of greater exposure through education to preserve these languages.
Engaging in intimate, cross-cultural conversations can reveal how much we are more alike in any language spoken than we are characteristically distinctive. The beauty about such distinction shows how incredible our cultural diversity is and how we can amass continued education from an awesomely mixed floral bouquet of dialects.