Education: No Spik Swahlli

There are only some 200 Americans in the U.S. who can read & write Japanese; to the best of the Government's knowledge, the U.S. has no one at all who can teach such essential linguistic tools of war as Burmese, Swahili, Malagasy. For its traditional monolingual isolation, the U.S. last week paid with mental toil and sweat.

In a handful of universities, several hundred students were working as many as twelve hours a day on the important war job of learning Asiatic and African languages. For Americans, these languages are tough. It takes at least a year of hard, full-time study to...

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