giovedì 6 marzo 2014

Globalised economy continues to drive demand for foreign language proficiency

Across the pond in the US, an NYU Livewire article interviewed Jim O’Grady, a journalist and professor at New York University’s graduate school of journalism who at the time of the article’s writing, was studying introductory Spanish. O’Grady explained:
“It’s become fairly obvious in our global age that Mandarin, Arabic and Spanish are hugely important languages. Additionally, as our economy becomes increasingly international, true comprehension of other cultures may become a necessity, as opposed to a leisure activity reserved for those wealthy enough to travel. In the past, [speaking only English] was a luxury we could afford because we were somewhat isolated and we were an economic power. But with each passing year, that becomes less possible.”
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