Beginner | Conversation Lesson 66 http://eikaiwa.dmm.com/ TUTOR’S COPY Lesson 66: How Many Languages are there in the World? Hi! How are you today? Today’s lesson is about “How Many Languages are there in the World?” Let’s make learning English fun! 今日のねらい：言語に関連した表現を知る Exercise 1 | Vocabulary and Expressions （語彙と表現） Directions: Listen and repeat. Teacher のあとに続いて、大きな声で読んでみましょう。 Vocabulary and Expressions Examples fascinating（魅力的な） History is so fascinating! tribes（種族、部族） In Amazon rainforests they still discover new tribes. national identity（ 国民としての認識） Our language is our national identity. on the brink of（今にも～しようとして） She is on the brink of buying an expensive dress. extinct（（生命・動物など）絶滅した） Dinosaurs are extinct. population（人口、住民数） The world’s population is more than 7 billion people. Sounds about right. （その通りだ） A: You like American TV shows? destined to...（（～する）運命にある） Some languages are destined to be popular. B: Sounds about right. 1 Copyright © since 1998 DMM All Rights Reserved. Beginner | Conversation Lesson 66 http://eikaiwa.dmm.com/ Exercise 2 | Dialogue Practice（ストーリーと質問） Directions: Read the dialogue aloud with your teacher. 次の文章を Teacher と一緒に大きな声で読んでみましょう。（太字は"Exercise 1"で出てきた言葉です） Stella and Adam are talking about languages. Stella : Did you know that there is more than a thousand languages in the world? Adam : No, I always thought there are only over a few hundred of them... That is fascinating! Stella : It sure is. I think we usually think about popular languages, like Chinese, Hindi, Spanish, English... But also there are so many tribes discovered and they have their own languages. Adam : If they all could speak English, it would be so easy to communicate! Stella : Well, maybe. But now it is a part of their national identity. Adam : But I heard that some languages are on the brink of extinction. Stella : I think this happens when the population becomes smaller and smaller or is destroyed by war. Adam : Sounds about right. If there are no people to speak that language then that language is destined to die. 2 Copyright © since 1998 DMM All Rights Reserved. Beginner | Conversation Lesson 66 http://eikaiwa.dmm.com/ Check your understanding: Answer the following questions. 1. How many languages are there in the world? More than one thousand. 2. What is the language considered to be a part of? Language is considered to be a part of national identity. 3. How does a language die? A language dies with the last people who use it. 3 Copyright © since 1998 DMM All Rights Reserved. Beginner | Conversation Lesson 66 http://eikaiwa.dmm.com/ Exercise 3 | Practice Questions（質問に答える練習） Directions: Practice answering the questions with your teacher. Teacher の質問に答える練習をしてみましょう。 1. What is your favorite language? A. I think Japanese language is very beautiful. B. I love English. I like that it is international. 2. Do you want to learn many languages? A. Oh yes, the more the merrier! B. No, I think knowing English is enough. 3. Do you know someone who speaks many languages? A. Yes, my Chinese teacher could speak 5 languages. B. No, I have never met such a person. 4. Should everyone in the world speak one unified language? A. No, they shouldn’t. There would be no differences between the countries. B. Yes. It would be easy to understand each other. 5. Do you think tribe languages should be recorded? A. It is not a necessity, but it would be interesting. B. Of course! It is history. 6. Are tourists who know phrases in your language welcomed? A. Yes, they get a lot more help. B. I don’t know if there is a difference. 4 Copyright © since 1998 DMM All Rights Reserved. Beginner | Conversation Lesson 66 http://eikaiwa.dmm.com/ Exercise 4 | Conversation Questions（フリートーク） Directions: Take turns with your teacher in answering the questions Teacher とフリートークで話してみましょう。 1. Do you know someone who speaks many languages? 2. What are the advantages and disadvantages of a one world language? 3. Have you ever heard about Esperanto language? 4. What languages would you want to learn? 5 Copyright © since 1998 DMM All Rights Reserved.
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