COMMUNICATION AND LANGUAGE ARE RIGHT HAND AND
THE VOICE OF THE WORLD
Lubin Daninger Moreno - Colombia
At some point back in recent history, someone said that the world should be
defined henceforth as "a global village" and was quite right. The world, our
world, is no longer the same twenty-five, fifty or one hundred years ago, much
has changed: what is thought and what is expressed. One of the factors that
would have contributed to the development of the citizens of this global village
is communication and with it, the means of expression, being the most important
language of the media. The language is responsible for many of the positive
changes that have taken our global society. This essay aims to give explanatory
view of how a social group can move forward or stop in the search for progress
through the power of communication and language.
The events that take place in every corner of world, bring lessons for a society
that is far away you are and that is why these phenomena need to be told to
learn from them, to reflect and question them. The societies make decisions and
take positions on what happens in other parts of the planet. What happen in
Africa can affect Oceania, in relation to economic, political, cultural,
geographically. Is impressive how a volcanic in Britain can paralyze air traffic
half hemisphere or the New York Stock Exchange may determine the standard of
living on a Caribbean island or as the international price of oil may increase the
cost of the passage of the collective using a child to get to school. This world is
connected now need not reach the letters to find out what's happening below the
equatorial line or pay a translator to interpret the news in English and translated
into Spanish to know what is published in the New York Times.
For example, a decision of the Security Council of the United Nations, may have
important consequences for Latin America, is why communication is required to
make the people of this continent to understand the dimension of what is
happening and that is where comes to play a crucial role language. Those
familiar with the original language of the event, achieved first understand what
to do, while others will have to wait for someone else to interpret correctly what
In geographical terms, the world is still largely intact, it is true that climate
change has drastically changed the behavior of nature, but the continents are in
the same location, we can now say we have a world closer and it's not because
the platform continental Europe is nearer to Latin America, but because the
mutual learning of languages has allowed an approach that enriches cultures,
enables commercial transactions, strengthens democracy and gives people a
broader view of the world. What would Colombia without the exchange of ideas
with the United States or France for example?
Some authors claim that border barriers are slowly disappearing and it's a hit and
necessary process. Others, however, are pessimistic because of what they might
pose to the conservation of culture and idiosyncrasies, yet have to see the
benefits of this global closeness that exists every day to understand that
societies need and lack of a common language impede their development while
fluid communication language strengthens their cooperation in every way.
The world can not be left to itself, should provide for the development of all
multilingual. Such is the case given in Arauca, a region plagued by conflict and
Colombian drug trafficking, land where he was born and grew the author of this
essay, today, there is very common to hear that guy is in Switzerland, someone
most reaches of Canada, the friend of a friend got a job opportunity in England.
These things much surprise because just a few years ago was a utopia to believe
anyone could survive in a foreign company because of the language. But it turns
out that languages are no longer exclusive to a few and they are massing making
the world and regions such as Arauca can communicate better and better,
benefiting in countless ways and acculturation coexistence of peoples.
At this point of this essay is good to ask: who benefits from the language? The
answer could not be clearer: all. That are very clear many institutions worldwide
that consider important the mobility of people and authorities, with the help of
the language, learn to understand many of the social dynamics and apply in their
regions. Thus enrich knowledge and welfare of the people is strengthened. An
example of this is the number of people traveling daily exchange; organizations
also plan to travel by citizens of developing countries to know the culture,
science, history and politics of other nations and use this knowledge in their
hometowns. All this is thanks to the linguistic wealth that nourishes the
interaction of individuals and nations.
A few days ago the author of these letters, had the opportunity to attend a
global youth event which took place in Quito (Ecuador) and the experience is
indescribable. The English proficiency could helped hundreds of people reach
more delegates from 70 countries attended. Learning is mutual and completely
necessary. He had not been the same if I could not have a language other than
To cite another example of the contributions of language and learning will be a
small glimpse into the history of Colombia that identifies the role of language in
the most significant processes of the past: Antonio Nariño was a leader in the
time of independence in Colombia and Spain.
He started a process of revolution that originated with the French Revolution, he
dared to translate human rights that had been enacted in France when they were
known in Colombia was launched a battle to defend and vindicate those rights.
That battle finally ended with the imprisonment of Antonio Nariño but later
contributed greatly to Colombia's independence from the Spanish Crown which
subjected the people.
That said, the future is uncertain, anything can happen, but one thing is clear:
the learning of world languages will support the effective communication
between societies, generating benefits individually and collectively.
But clearly understand the languages of the world is not an individual
responsibility, in this process the educational systems of each nation should open
its doors so that each student has the opportunity to go beyond their native
language and explore the benefits undertake offered by this global village.
It is necessary to clarify this point, it is not enough to facilitate access to the
languages, it is essential to make citizens understand the time the world is living
and are not left waiting for the world to come to them, they should wake up and
know you should also go for the world in search of their dreams and hopes. To
exemplify what has been said in this paragraph, the example of the education
system will be cited Colombia: The Colombian government is making efforts for
students of primary and secondary education learn a second language, but the
vast majority of young people see it as a requirement and not as an opportunity.
Very few are those who strive to acquire skills in languages such as English,
Korean, Russian, French, German, among others.
According to some references, is not the only Latin American country living this
situation, therefore, it is necessary to insist that governments must continue to
strive to achieve the goals of eliminating language barriers. This is a difficult task
but certainly in the short and medium term may begin to compensate those
societies that strove for the goal of forming global citizens.
Facts have shown that it is impossible to maintain a balance between self and
others and to master the languages of the world, far from being a threat, an
opportunity for development, peace, democracy, participation and life. Each
people free to object their own conclusions but what can not is to prevent other
attempt to be closer to world harmony, can not prevent efforts to build societies
communicated, can not impede efforts by a diverse and different world who
speak many languages but remains a single.