Education: Planned Babel

Monterey, a pleasant, picturesque seafaring town 125 miles down the California coast from San Francisco, includes among its 16,000 population two notable linguistic groups: the sardine fishermen, who speak Portuguese, and the U.S. Army and Air Force men, who speak in many tongues—Russian, Arabic, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, Chinese (both Cantonese and Mandarin), Japanese, Korean, Albanian, Bulgarian, Czech, Persian, Hungarian, Rumanian, Greek, Polish, Turkish, Serbo-Croatian, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish. Last week 190 new officers and men arrived in town. Within eleven months, most of them will also be speaking new languages...

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