Today, more people than ever before are speaking to each other through satellite television, cellular telephones and computers. This means that people from different parts of the world need to be able to communicate in the same language. That language happens to be English.
Because of this, experts have predicted that more than half of the world's 6,000 languages may die out in the next century. Already almost all Californian Native American languages are in danger of extinction. They are being swallowed up by English and other languages. It is a pity, but that is one of the prices of modernization.
由于这个缘故, 专家们预测世界上的六千种语言当中, 可能会有一半以上于下个世纪相继消失。几乎所有加州当地的美洲土语已有消失之虞。它们正受到英语和其它语言的吞噬。这真是令人非常遗憾, 但却是现代化所要付出的代价之一。