Stop stupidity sign
Stop stupidity sign

I agree with Michael Hofmann, author, poet and translator who wrote in the British newspaper, The Guardian, about the importance of foreign language education.

I am glad the US is not following the UK and New Zealand and strategically cutting back on foreign language education because of a belief that it’s not valid. We may be axing foreign language programs because of lack of budget. The inward nature of Anglo countries in thinking that everyone should learn English and we shoul;dn’t bother learning foreign languages is disgusting. We need to learn other languages, and be multilingual to thrive in a global economy. It’s not about a cultural superiority argument, it’s precisely, as Hoffman writes, a need so that we can understand and communicate with people in other countries.

To speak another language isn’t just cultured, it’s a blow against stupidity: A leading translator argues that if we rely solely on English we’ll lose the curiosity that drove Milton and Orwell.


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