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hottest languages in the US: Arabic, Farsi, Korean, etc.
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Marcus Malabad  Identity Verified
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Jan 24, 2002

For those still undecided on what languages to learn:



http://www.auratrans.com/news-wsj-linguists.html



Spanish and French are so.obsolete.com!


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shfranke  Identity Verified
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Some other languages of interest since 9/11/01 Jan 24, 2002

Greetings.



Re that article from the NY Times edition for April 16, 2001.



One might add several of the languages of Central Asia and Africa to the \"list of languages of interest\" due to events of 9/11 and subsequent worldwide activities pursuant to Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.



A related complication - mentioned lightly in this NYT piece - for governments (US and others) in finding bilinguals in those language skills is the cumbersome process for getting potential employees investigated and adjudicated for government security clearances in time to work with what is often \"time-sensitive\" information in such languages.

(That situation is a significant \'self-inflicted wound,\' since the minimum processing time in the US Government has been six months from the date the candidate submits paperwork and undergoes a \'subject interview.\")



Spanish and French will continue to be significant languages, although more probably in commercial, industrial, technological and academic areas, rather than the governmental sector.



HTH.



Regards from Los Angeles,



Stephen H. Franke

(English Arabic,

Kurdish, and Farsi)





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Félix Saiz  Identity Verified
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Spanish obsolete? Jan 24, 2002

You must be joking!

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