Mankind has always sought for an improvement in lifestyle and habitation. This improvement would have been impossible without suitable communication techniques because of which sign languages were first introduced. Gradually, with the passage of time and with adaptability, the human race developed their greatest weapon, that is, they developed languages.
Over the years, as per the settlement and development, different languages were introduced in different parts of the world. Many of these languages have died out with the extinction of a particular community under consideration. Though these languages are being studied and deciphered at present, the general community does not speak these languages nor understand them in any way. Despite these hard lucks, fortunately, there are some languages that have survived the modifications over centuries and are still widely used by many people all over the world.
Hence, this article only brings forth a few languages out of those languages that have survived down the line.
Sanskrit – (2000 B.C.)
Sanskrit had started out as the literary language in order to put into words the holy teachings of Hinduism in India. Gradually, Sanskrit traveled around the world and became a widely used language not only in India but also in South Asia. Today, many followers of Hinduism, especially the priests study and nurture the usage of this ancient and sweet language.
Greek – (1500 B.C.)
The Greek language was one of the most popular Indo-European languages at one time that grew up centering in Greece. This language was carried far and wide with the Greek traveler where it was modified into simpler forms. Today, Greek is spoken heavily not only in Greece but also in the Mediterranean region.
Chinese – (1250 B.C.)
Chinese is an old language that flourished in China and later spread to the other parts of the world. This language, Chinese, which has strongly survived the modernization, is now widely spoken in China, South Asia and in the other parts of the world too.
Hebrew – (1000 B.C.)
Hebrew is an ancient and a famous language that had originated and flourished mainly among the Jewish community in Israel before spreading wide in the Mediterranean region. Today, it is still spoken widely by the people of Israel and the Jewish community spread all over the world.
Tamil – (300 B.C.)
Tamil is an ancient language too that had originated in the southern parts of India. Over the years, many variations have been inflicted upon the root language, but, even then, Tamil has been successful at retaining its original structure and heritage. At present, the Tamil is spoken in India, Sri Lanka, Singapore and various other parts of the world.
Latin – (75 B.C.)
Latin is a widely spoken language among the priests of the Christian community at present. This language had originated in Europe and had served to record the documents officially at that time and has been preserved and practiced over the years to retain its form even today.
Arabic – (512 C.E.)
Arabic too is an ancient language that had originated mainly to support in documenting the teachings of the Islamic religion, its traditions and culture. Arabic is learned by the followers of Islam mainly and is a widely practiced language at present.
Isn’t it amazing how these treasures of the past have found their way to the present? And, for those who do know any of these languages, just give yourself a pat on your back because you are carrying the lighted torch of our ancestors.