Reasons to learn a language, #316: avoid being taken for a fool

Posted on 31/05/2012

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English: Rep. Dean Heller

Rep. Dean Heller (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Increasingly (and sensibly), American politicians are campaigning in Spanish as well as English.

But that doesn’t mean they are saying the same thing in both languages.

Senator Dean Heller of Nevada, for example, omitted to mention his stance on border security and illegal immigration in the Spanish version of his website, choosing instead to emphasise the benefits of the State’s education for Spanish- speaking children. (Click here for the full story.)

Now there’s an incentive to learn your country’s official or unofficial other language: not being fooled or caught out by such tactics.

 

— for more hints and tips on language learning, buy Conquering Babel: A Practical Guide to Learning a Language here in the US and here in the UK.

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