Letters, Jun. 1, 1942

Swahili

Sirs:

Your story, "No Spik Swahili" (TIME, May 4), bears the statement, "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." This the reporter should have qualified still further. For at least the State Department must know of the passage to and from "Swahililand" (East Africa) of scores of missionaries who have mastered the tongue of this section, a language spoken also by the seafaring people of the ports of Egypt and the Near East....

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