John McWhorter:
4 reasons to learn a new language

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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.

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