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Only 20% of US kids study a language in school—compared to 92% in Europe

Quartz – Ephrat Livni

Still, learning a foreign language is important for reasons that go beyond our practical obligations to communicate with people in another tongue. It’s a window on to a new worldview, a way to understand how our fellow humans think—multilingualism even shifts perceptions of time. American kids who don’t pick up another language may still easily find work in a globalized economy dominated by English. But they will be missing out on developing critical cultural intelligence—like learning how to relate to and communicate with strangers.. (more)

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