Last week, I heard that futurists believe that within the next one hundred years, thanks to the increase in global communication, everyone will only be speaking three languages. English (because it is the language of global business), Spanish (because it is the language of the common people, and Mandarin Chinese (because, even though there is a one child limit in China, there will still be a lot of Chinese.) Since I now know both English and Spanish, and my middle son is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, my family has these languages covered.
I think that it would be sad to lose languages like French or Swedish, Hebrew or Russian or any number of languages that exist today. There’s an essence of individuality in all languages. How sad it would be if the Normans had not brought the English poulet leaving us with the Anglo-Saxon word chicken. How rich our language has become with the addition of poultry and pullet. which are English adaptations of the French word.
This whole language thing keeps me returning to the idea of NewSpeak in George Orwell’s book: 1984. If words for certain concepts do not exist, then the concepts will also disappear. Rather than voting or conversing on facebook, writing what I write communicates the freedoms that I have in writing in my native tongue.
My preferred way to communicate is through writing.
If you were to ask me how I prefer to communicate, Hands down, I would have to say that I prefer to communicate through the written word.
It doesn’t bother me to write an email or write an article or even write a book. I love the fact that I can write down whatever I want, edit or delete it before putting it out for someone else to read.
. . .But I Hate Texting
I don’t know why, but I hate texting. Okay, actually I do know why. I don’t like all those tiny little buttons that I have to touch when I text. I don’t like the fact that I have to pick at each letter and sometimes hit the letter next to the one that I intended to poke at. My husband has voice activated texting, but I don’t have that. Maybe I would like that better, but I am just not into the learning curve that is involved with learning how to use that system.
Making A Phone Call Is For Me Is LIke Pulling Teeth
Another thing I hate doing is making phone calls. I would rather stand in front of a room full of strangers than I would to talk on the phone.
I would rather talk to anyone in person than I would to talk on the phone.
How about you? What is your favorite form of communication?
Donna Brown is an ordained minister. As Author Cygnet Brown, she has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener
She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues. Her upcoming book A Coward’s Solace will be available soon. Click here for more information about Cygnet Brown and her books.