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TOEIC Vocabulary in the News #3
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How many languages are there in the world?


5/8 The link to the news report was wrong. I just fixed it. Sorry about that.



Go to BBC Learning English, listen to the report, read the script and come back.

So, what is the report about?

What do you think?

TOEIC vocabulary

cultural
agency
in danger of
extinction
a handful of
valuable
a great deal of
knowledge
gathered
simply
survival
campaigning
heritage
action
preserve
diversity
be proud to
ensure
survives
reverse the trend
locally
appears
region
diverse
economic
conditions

A: So, what is the report about?
B: It’s about dying languages. Last year the last native speaker of Eyak died, which means the death of the Eyak language. Some countries, like Mexico, New Zealand and the United States, are successful in saving dying languages but many languages are disappearing in many parts of the world.
A: What do you think?
B: It’s sad when a language dies because it will be lost forever with its culture. But, to be honest, I don’t feel strongly about a death of a language that I’ve never heard of. I don’t really care. What I found fascinating in the report is that there are six thousand languages in the world. That’s a lot. Each of the six thousand languages must have an English name. I probably know less than hundred of them. I mean the names of languages, not the languages themselves. If I learnt their English names, I would learn nearly six thousand new English words, which would double my vocabulary size. But then it wouldn’t be very useful.


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