By Corey Heller
Photo credit: Matías Ferreyra
We have now officially entered 2011. It feels quite a bit like 2010, at least here in Seattle. However, things aren’t the same. We are one year closer to our multilingual future.
I can still remember the night my husband and I sat on the sofa in our tiny apartment waiting for the world to move from 1999 to 2000. The transition into a new era.
We were all waiting and watching that night, wondering if our computerized world would make the sequential leap without collapsing and changing our lives forever.
Would our bank still report the same account balance the next day? Or would we suddenly be penniless and forced to prove our net worth? One report after another told of yet someone else withdrawing their savings and stashing it away the last few days of December – just in case.
But the world didn’t collapse in those first moments of 2000. Instead, we moved smoothly, effortlessly and without incident into the new millennium.
As each new year arrives, it makes me ponder the future, my children’s future, my children’s children’s future. What will the world look like? What will it feel like? What languages will my children’s children be speaking and where will they be living?
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