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Posted 11/19/15 , edited 11/19/15
Because it will be boring. I mean if you can talk in another language, you can troll people without they knowing it.
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Posted 11/19/15

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What do you call a person who only speaks one language?

An American.


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Posted 11/21/15
It's only natural that the human species would speak multiple different languages. While scientists believe that the human species originated in Africa, the species began to spread out throughout the various regions of Pangaea (which would later become continents of their own once the supercontinent broke apart) and would there begin to form early-hunter gatherer societies. Communication was basic and primitive at the time, but [it] would begin to change into complex languages in order to better suit the tasks that the tribes and groups had to undergo to survive and prosper. Since the species had traveled to various different areas, there was no common method of talking with another human being. They each developed distinctly different languages of their own in order to convey what they were meaning. And since during those years they never had to talk to humans who spoke in different ways and methods than they did, these languages would come to dominate these specific groups -- groups which would later become the main race of their respective continents.

If we had stayed in Africa, we likely would all speak the same language. Human beings migrated to different parts of the world though, so it's only natural we'd all have a different method of speaking and conveying what we mean.

Getting everyone to speak a universal language would take a lot of time and effort that could go into solving the countless problems which currently plague our societies -- both a national and international scale. Even if you did convince them, they'd then have to get the consent of a significant portion of their populace and convince them to take time out of their lives to learn this theoretical superlanguage -- unless you plan on having the government forcefully remove them from their careers, freetime, and/or family life for educational sessions that they don't care about.

Overall, it's just far too much effort. A universally spoken language could be useful and interesting, but it wouldn't be extremely beneficial to anyone in particular. It would take money, time, and effort which would be better spent on addressing the issues and conflicts of the present.
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Posted 11/21/15
Because you touch yourself at night
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Posted 11/21/15
Because people are special.

Native English speaker here so I'm set regardless for the most part. Though I know Spanish (Latin American) and Japanese too so meh.
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Posted 11/21/15

gsm642 wrote:

we did at one point you can thank the tower of babel for that that's when everything started to go wrong


I expect at some point we will built a space elevator and it will be the tower of babel all over again due to turrorists ramming planes into it.
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Posted 11/21/15

GrandmasterCoolio wrote:

It's only natural that the human species would speak multiple different languages. While scientists believe that the human species originated in Africa, the species began to spread out throughout the various regions of Pangaea (which would later become continents of their own once the supercontinent broke apart) and would there begin to form early-hunter gatherer societies. Communication was basic and primitive at the time, but [it] would begin to change into complex languages in order to better suit the tasks that the tribes and groups had to undergo to survive and prosper. Since the species had traveled to various different areas, there was no common method of talking with another human being. They each developed distinctly different languages of their own in order to convey what they were meaning. And since during those years they never had to talk to humans who spoke in different ways and methods than they did, these languages would come to dominate these specific groups -- groups which would later become the main race of their respective continents.


Also, European languages are known as "Latin" languages, since the Romans took Latin with them as they moved across the continent, only to be mixed with the local regional communication.
England got the Romans, French, Vikings, and Germanic Saxons coming over, so our language is a bit of a stew.
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Posted 11/21/15

Ejanss wrote:


GrandmasterCoolio wrote:

It's only natural that the human species would speak multiple different languages. While scientists believe that the human species originated in Africa, the species began to spread out throughout the various regions of Pangaea (which would later become continents of their own once the supercontinent broke apart) and would there begin to form early-hunter gatherer societies. Communication was basic and primitive at the time, but [it] would begin to change into complex languages in order to better suit the tasks that the tribes and groups had to undergo to survive and prosper. Since the species had traveled to various different areas, there was no common method of talking with another human being. They each developed distinctly different languages of their own in order to convey what they were meaning. And since during those years they never had to talk to humans who spoke in different ways and methods than they did, these languages would come to dominate these specific groups -- groups which would later become the main race of their respective continents.


Also, European languages are known as "Latin" languages, since the Romans took Latin with them as they moved across the continent, only to be mixed with the local regional communication.
England got the Romans, French, Vikings, and Germanic Saxons coming over, so our language is a bit of a stew.


When the Normans invaded the official administration and aristocratic language of England was French while most commoners still spoke English. Eventually it switched back to English but the commoners simplified the language from its origins.
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Posted 11/21/15 , edited 11/21/15
Thanks to the internet and movies I think English is gonna be the universal language.
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Posted 11/21/15
Because we have to be separated, be it by language, culture, tradition. Divide et impera. All of those wars wouldn't have been possible if we weren't fighting "for god and our nation".
Posted 11/21/15
ive wondered this for years too. but honestly life is more interesting that we have all these other languages to choose to learn.
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Posted 11/21/15 , edited 11/21/15
I thought there was already a master language. I mean come think about we all took English in school. We most of us did, hell even the Asian schools teach English. I really don't care what language becomes the universal one but I rather think it'd work better with an already established and pretty much universal accepted language. Which English is I mean you can go to the depths of Africa, Asia, or South America and find a good chunk of the local populace speaks, or at least understands English.
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Posted 11/21/15 , edited 11/21/15
Because thousands of years ago, after the flood, we managed to royally pi$$ off God again at the Tower of Babel, so He divided up our one language into many.
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Posted 11/21/15
Most likely has to do with accents, based off how languages evolve, back when there was only one language (this would be a LONG time ago, and nobody knows what was the first spoken language was) like back when there where maybe just one tribe/civilization, then, some person splits and makes their own group, becoming independent, over a long period of time, small changes in the accent will eventually lead to a whole different language spoken in that area, a good example is to compare American English, European English, and Australian English

If you want proof go find two languages in the same language family (Germanic, Romance, Slavic, etc) and compare two languages when spoken, you might notice they still have many similarities.

As for things, the reason we can't just all speak the same language is that most major languages like Japanese, Spanish, Chinese, French, German, and so on, have millions or even billions of speakers, to try and get them all to convert to English would be flat-out impossible. Especially cause in all likelihood, even if we could, a good 1,000 years later and it will be back to multiple different languages again.
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Posted 11/21/15 , edited 11/21/15
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Well...think of it. God said (in the Bible) that we were made in his image, so maybe it is semi possible. We probably couldn't do EVERYTHING He can, but we might cause a lot of damage if we aren't as perfect and all knowing as He is. I mean look at what we have done already with the technology we have. Speaking of technology, I guess for us it would be similar to making an AI robot that looks, talks, and feels like us...and has the ability to learn. They probably couldn't still do some of the stuff we do, but they could eventually get pretty close. And if they experience the emotion of hate, etc. too much they could cause a lot of damage. In that cause screwing with their "language" might be a good idea, at least until they learn how to handle themselves.
I suppose I think entirely too much about these things...
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