Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

Today we’ll help you prepare for IELTS language danger, so you’ll be able to answer questions about language extinction.

This topic is challenging, and you may be asked to discuss it in Writing Task 2 or Speaking Part 3.

However, you may also come across difficult passages about this on tougher Reading and Listening tests.

So, today, you’ll get some high-scoring vocabulary to use on your next IELTS Exam

8+ Vocabulary for Language Danger

fading out– disappearing

obsolete– gone

preserve– keep

Reasons for Language Extinction

Assimilation– government practice of absorbing one culture into the dominant one.


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The practice of assimilation was commonly employed in colonial periods, and the language and traditions of the under-privileged culture inevitably faded out.

Oral tradition– culture passed down through generations via spoken stories, with few to no written records existing

Due to the oral tradition of the tribe, this language has become obsolete, with the knowledge unrecorded and, now, unknown.

Your Homework!

You should build your culture of thinking around these topics by Googling these terms in connection to your own country.

What did you find out when you researched these terms connected to your country?

Share the results in the comments section below!

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