At present there are between 5000 and 7000 languages and several hundreds of them die out every year. When a language disappears, this process is irreversible. Even the most powerful super or quantum computers will never be able to recreate a human language once it has disappeared.
Most people, unfortunately, are absolutely unaware of this. That is why it is a good idea to discuss languages in general and our mother tongue in particular. Our forum has been online now since March 2003 and this whole long time we have communicated almost exclusively in English. Let’s start today to talk about other languages in English. What languages besides English do you know or speak? What is your mother tongue?
As for me, my native language is German and since I was born and raised in an area called “Erzgebirge” (Ore Mountains) you can still hear my origins when I speak. German has a lot of rather strong dialects. Some of them even have their own written form. The dialect, some of which is still spoken by older generations in the Ore Mountains, is so different from High German that even native German speakers who grew up outside the region cannot understand it.