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The Study of Foreign Languages Should Not Be a Zero-Sum Game

Written By: kernrg on March 3, 2009 1 Comment

For a rehearsal of the economic arguments for studying foreign languages, see this commentary which just appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education: http://chronicle.com/weekly/v55/i26/26a03301.htm

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One Response to “The Study of Foreign Languages Should Not Be a Zero-Sum Game”

  1. Youki on: 3 March 2009 at 10:06 pm

    very insightful article.

    “It is highly likely that if the United States were to invest more money in understanding foreign languages and cultures, it would be more successful in marketing its goods and services (and its political policies) abroad.
    In other words, it is not implausible that the chronic U.S. trade deficit, as well as America’s lessened prestige abroad, may be connected to our chronic deficit in knowledge of the rest of the world.”

    excellent point. It’s not just about learning languages abroad for languages’ sake, it’s about understanding other cultures and building fields of knowledge.

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