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Forever Young: A notion about language

Marina Koepke
Forever Young
Middle Park High School

The ability to communicate is one of the most fascinating and useful tools humans have. Whether it be via snail mail, telephone, internet, signs, or just a casual face-to-face conversation, we communicate every single day of our lives.

None of this would be possible without the power of language.

Language is a tool we use every day and it is not difficult, so

naturally we take it for granted. My goal is not to poke fingers at people’s ignorance but to re-kindle the fire of appreciation and realization of what an awesome thing language really is.

Think for a minute about what life would be like without languages. It would be virtually impossible for anything to get done because we would have no way to communicate. Being skeptical, one might say, “Animals communicate without language, therefore we can communicate with signals and signs instead of languages.”

Animals have a language and signs and signals are part of languages.

Language is way more diverse than what it is at first thought. Spoken languages are not the only languages out there. Have you ever met a mute of deaf person? What is SIGN language for?

Within the common spoken language, there are thousands of different versions. All throughout history, humans have used and developed languages to add up all the ones we have today. It creates problems when communicating with others that speak a different language. Even in the same household sometimes kids could be tossing out “lols” and “jks” and

the parents may have no idea what’s going on.

Isn’t that the beauty of it? Because not only do we have the power to use language, but we can also learn and explore other languages that enable use to communicate with more diversity.

Sit back and meditate on this phenomenon “language.” It can be complicated and frustrating, but incredible all the same.

C’est la vie!

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