The primary function of language is to speak, to communicate with each other, it is a very important aspect of our daily lives. You find all forms of communication, whether written or oral, it can be telephone conversations, letters, emails, text messages, voice mail and many more.
Today we even come to communicate with signs such as emoji to make real-time video conversations from one country to another, the world has changed in every way and also in the way we communicate with each other.
Language is a set of words, symbols, sounds, gestures and systems of use common to people belonging to the same community, nation or cultural tradition. At work you use it to communicate, to understand, to sell, to negotiate, all this would be impossible without language. Language is not only useful in our lives, it is essential, it is the beginning of our whole evolution.
Freedom of expression is a right, you can speak and express yourself freely, it also allows us to have the right of freedom of the press and to write in the newspapers about any subject.
Thanks to the language we are able to learn all sorts of things, at school, for example, we learn history, science, mathematics which without language would be impossible to understand and explain, so there would be no teacher and education would not exist.
Everything we learn in life is derived from the language when you drive, for example, you have to read the signs to respect the traffic rules, these signs refer to something specific that is described with words if you pass a red round sign with a white vertical bar in the middle it means that the road is forbidden and therefore you are not allowed to go there.
Without the language and knowledge of the word “wrong way,” it would have been impossible to learn the rules of the road and therefore to drive. When using a GPS also you need to understand the language to understand what it says, even to turn it on and read it.
No book could have been written without the language, so nothing could have existed, we would still be in the Stone Age grunting, hunting and making fire without any perspective of possible evolution.
Writing is the second most used form of communication after oral communication, we write all the time, everywhere and to everyone every day. Thanks to the language we are able to communicate from one country to another with a common reference language which is English, determined as the international language every person who wishes to be in recurrent contact with people from all over the world for personal or professional reasons must know how to speak English to be able to communicate with people who do not speak his mother tongue.
The first forms of writing were more akin to drawings, later we find hieroglyphics, parchments, engravings and others.
Writing is essential in linguistic exchanges but also in all fields of science, discoveries and world advance in order to keep track of what we have put in place, of our intellectual and historical heritage.
Through language we have created cultural identities of our own, no matter what language we speak or what country we come from, we all have cultural particularities that define us.
Sometimes it is not only limited to a country but also to a region, within the same country you have different cultural identities that result from the language and the daily life of that region but the language is always used in the same way despite its singularities within certain communities.
Even if from one country to another the language is not the same, the writings are different, the oral expression is different and the means of learning are different you will always find the same use of the language.
Thanks to the senses that we have we are able to decipher the language in all its forms, we see letters, words and we are able to understand them. We hear someone speaking and we identify the words we understand. Hearing also enables us to hear the sounds around us and to analyse the environment and the situation.
Touch is another form of language because when something burns you know immediately that it is hot because you know that word, just as with taste your body is constantly communicating with your brain and creating associations in relation to words. The smell is also very important, if we smell gas or smoke, our brain immediately knows that this is related to the word danger and that something has to be done quickly.
Language allows us to build relationships with each other, with our family, from the first moment of your birth they can make you understand the language and teach it to you little by little unconsciously. Later on, it will allow you to develop real relationships with your family and to communicate with them. It can also be with strangers, to learn to understand them, to communicate, to learn their customs and their value, to see if there are similarities with you and then develop a relationship of trust, friendship or love. The language also helps with professional relationships to create more or less friendly connections.
Learning, hearing and understanding different nations, different cultures that are in every way opposed to yours will make what you know more valuable. You will see the world in a different way, it will prevent judgments, prejudices etc.
This will make you a more cultured, educated and aware of the world around you and is a major asset for both your personal and professional development. Indeed, companies love people who have travelled and learned to have different points of view to understand the world. This shows an open-mindedness that is rare nowadays.
As a result of multilingualism, we had to create a universal and international language because the number of people speaking different languages was so large and we needed points of reference to exchange, to communicate whether for professional or personal purposes when travelling for example.
Indeed, the language allows you to travel, to communicate with other people, even if you don’t know English you can make yourself understood with signs, gestures, drawings etc.
You will always be able to understand each other because the reference points from one language to another are the same. It is nevertheless recommended to learn to speak English to facilitate exchanges. You can even learn two or three words before leaving for a destination to please people and integrate more easily.
Written by: Lisa Lambert, Staff Writer