Every Year Several Languages Die Out

Every year several languages die out. Some people think that this is not important because life will be easier if there are fewer languages in the world.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?

This essay question is from Cambridge IELTS 9 Test 4 Writing Task 2.

Sample Essay

A number of languages become extinct every year. It is argued that this has no importance because fewer languages mean easier life. I completely disagree with this point of view.

Firstly, the death of a language can only make life harder because language is a carrier of knowledge. Many isolated tribes hold knowledge that the outside world doesn’t know. For example, when scientists discover a new plant species, it is extremely likely that the tribal people living in that area would already have a name for it and be highly knowledgeable about it since they might have been using it to treat diseases for decades. If their language were lost, scientists would have to learn about that plant species from scratch instead of building on the knowledge those tribal people have already gained.

In addition, every language is important because it carries the unique culture of the community that speaks it. For instance, unlike mainstream languages such as English and Chinese, many uncommon languages do not have gender terms like he and she. They use gender-neutral words instead. If these languages are kept alive, we will be able to study how gender equality has helped those peoples [“peoples” instead of “people” is used to refer to different groups of people] who speak them survive and thrive as cultures. Understanding this can help eliminate gender inequality in the rest of the world and make us better humans.

In conclusion, life will not become easier with fewer languages because the extinction of a language would lead to the loss of knowledge. Besides, all languages are important because they are part of human culture.

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How to Paraphrase “Languages Die Out”

  • Languages become extinct
  • Languages are lost
  • The death of a language
  • The loss of a language
  • The extinction of a language

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