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"Those who know nothing of foreign
languages, know nothing of their own."
  Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, 1749-1832, German
Poet, Dramatist, Novelist

"To have another language is to possess a
second soul."
  Charlemagne, 742-814, King of the Franks, Emperor
of the West

"We dissect nature along lines laid down by
our native language. Language is not simply a
reporting device for experience but a defining
framework for it."
  Benjamin Lee Whorf, 1897-1941, American Linguist

“Linguistic and cultural competence will be
the mark of the well-educated citizen of the
21st century.”
  F. Genesee & N. Cloud (in Multilingualism is Basic)

"In spite of the proven neurological and
cognitive benefits, Americans are relatively
unresponsive to their own need to put foreign
languages at the core of their learning
experience. They do this at the peril of their
own security, since it is our lapse in linguistic
and cultural skills which will likely provide the
opportunity for the next terrorist strike."
 The Language Crisis in the War on Terror;
Homeland Security
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