U.S. Incompetence in Foreign Language Study Threatens Nation's Future Role in World Economy
Porter, Sylvia, THE JOURNAL RECORD
``Can We Speak the Same Language?'' was the headline on a series of 10 full-page advertisements that recently appeared in The New York Times.
Catchy? Yes. Comforting? No.
Though the title sounds noble, it merely hammers home this critical factor, repeatedly overlooked in the U.S.: our woeful incompetence in foreign language study.
The ads were reprints from panel discussions among American and Japanese scholars conducted in Tokyo this past May. The stated purpose of the forum: ``...it is our hope that identifying and exploring inherent cultural differences will help in understanding and ultimately resolving economic differences.''
How does …
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Publication information: Article title: U.S. Incompetence in Foreign Language Study Threatens Nation's Future Role in World Economy. Contributors: Porter, Sylvia - Author. Newspaper title: THE JOURNAL RECORD. Publication date: August 22, 1987. Page number: Not available. © 2009 THE JOURNAL RECORD. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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