The Danger That a Language Will Disappear

Mitla Ruina

Some native languages of Mexico are in danger of disappearing. But this threat depends upon what the speakers of these languages think about them. If they believe their language brings them shame, that it has no use in school and public life, or that it sounds ugly, they will not let their children learn it. They themselves will use it very little, and the number of speakers will become fewer and fewer until it has completely disappeared.

Some people realize that every language is a unique and irreplaceable example of the human ability to speak, that it is beautiful, that it is the vehicle of a culture that has existed for thousands of years, that a special way of thinking is expressed through it, and that it is their personal treasure. These people are careful to preserve their languages.