There has been a lot of research on Dolphins, it turns out the sounds they make have certain patterns. Some of the sounds they make actually signify an individual dolphin, or an individual object, and they even have words for actions. They are communicating just like human beings, but in our arrogance we didn't realize it until we put the puzzle together. Dolphins, humans, chimpanzees, and several other mammals all communicate using sounds which they create. That is the basis for language.
Many people ask if we will ever travel to another planet and find an intelligent species like us. They are most certain that we are not alone in the universe. I'd say that's about right, considering that Dolphins and chimpanzees are also intelligent, and in many ways more intuitive, and much better at some things that we are and they are here on this planet. Perhaps in the future you won't have to be Dr. Doolittle to talk to the animals.
Perhaps, you caught an article in the science news recently, as some researchers had created an app that allows the user to communicate with various primates and translate the language into something meaningful. No, it's not perfect, but it's definitely a major step and a great start for those involved in linguistics and translation technologies. It's also a big boost for speech recognition and being able to communicate even on a rudimentary basis with another species; priceless. Okay so, let's talk about this shall we?
Luckily for us, other animals use a simpler language than humans, and many of the humans that speak English, speak simple English, meaning they only know about 750 words. If an orangutan, guerrilla, or chimpanzee can identify 150 to 400 words, heck, they're almost there, do you see that point? How many words do Dolphins know, and how do they teach each other what those words mean? If they all start using the same words to describe the same objects, other Dolphins, human trainers, or verbs, then they are using their own language, the one they created.
How many words are in those languages, and how can we know? Are there groups of Dolphins living in different parts of the world that may have extremely extensive vocabularies? Indeed, I'd say we have a lot to learn. And perhaps we should be talking to our own pets, and teaching them Conversational English, as we learn to adapt and find ways to understand their form of communication with us. Maybe they think that we are pretty stupid, because we don't understand them?
Maybe the Dolphins are looking for intelligence on this planet too, but they haven't found any yet, because they aren't too impressed with you humans out there. Indeed, it is my job to provoke a reaction and make you think. Hopefully I just did that. Please consider all this and think on it.