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A culture can be reflected in
many ways, for example by its architecture, clothing and beliefs. However,
language is probably the best “tool” with which we can truly understand how a
culture works, what is its history as well as who are its people. Many will ask
whether this is the most pressing issue humanity has to face right now. Indeed,
it is not but along with the extinction of some languages and dialects, much
will be lost.

Dutch may not be as nearly as
big as English or Chinese, which are predicted to take over the global language
positon, but is still of great importance. The Dutch language is a mother
tongue for 23 million people and is being taught at 190 universities around the
world. It is widely spoken in many countries except Netherlands. Netherlands
has been a victim of globalization for many years now. Dutch is gradually dying
out due to the extensive use of dominant languages such as English, Spanish,
French etc. by its people.

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Netherlands policy is to
protect and safeguard its language and dialects as well as others from extinction
and has done a lot to achieve that. It has signed treaties such as the Lisbon
Treaty that was signed in 2007 and entered into force in 2009, the 1990
National Language Policy, Fishman’s (1991, 2001) plan of action, has been part
of the Endangered Languages Project, has been providing both legal and financial
support for Regional or Small-State languages, has introduced legislation which
deals with either language rights or the provision of services in those
Languages and is still actively supporting every action that prevents language
extinction and aims at their preservation.

Netherlands has also provided
financial aid for endangered language communities and urges other countries to
do so as well. Because of the importance of aid and the difference it can make,
Netherlands proposes measures in order to help tackle this problem. First of
all, they urge countries to teach children about the importance of languages, language
loss and preservation. Developing a robust educational policy for the teaching
and learning of endangered languages would be particularly beneficial. This
should include training of teachers in basic linguistics, language teaching
pedagogy and advice on curriculum and teaching materials development.

Additionally, through
technology a dialect can be stored and recorded. Already there have been
projects that aim to achieve this by cataloguing information about a language,
as well as providing support for learning and teaching an endangered language. Through
the internet and social media, accessible means of communication can be provided
for these language groups. What countries can do is to fund such projects so as
to lead to help them spread and evolve. Lastly, minority languages should be
given legal protection and subsidies so as to make the big language users
understand that they are an enrichment of the whole panorama of a country. Laws
should be establish that aim to the protection of small languages and dialects.

Concluding, languages are
conduits of human heritage. If we don’t preserve them will lose cultural and
linguistic information and the cultural identity of that population. Just
imagine for a moment not being able to communicate with anyone because there
are no people left speaking your language. In addition, dialects increase
diversity. The more languages we have, the more diverse is our world. It wouldn’t
be the same if the whole world was speaking English or Chinese. Every country
has its own identity and culture. That’s why everyone should make efforts to
prevent this phenomenon from spreading as diverse languages are vital for a
world and its population.