John McWhorter:
4 reasons to learn a new language

TED2016 · 10:01 · Filmed Feb 2016
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English is fast becoming the world's universal language, and instant translation technology is improving every year. So why bother learning a foreign language? Linguist and Columbia professor John McWhorter shares four alluring benefits of learning an unfamiliar tongue.

Linguist John McWhorter thinks about language in relation to race, politics and our shared cultural history. Full bio
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