Monday, January 16, 2006

Bilingual Bush?

It’s almost a cliché that Americans are tongue-tied. President Bush wants to reverse the trend as a tool to fight terrorism. He has announced a $114 million National Security Language Initiative to expand Americans' interest in the lesser studied freign languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Farsi and Hindi. The Department of Education estimates that more than 200 million Chinese children are studying English. Only about 24,000 U.S. elementary and secondary students are studying Chinese.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Tongue-Tied American Troops?

Americans troops heading overseas may be given language training before reaching their new posts. Although details have not been finalized, the plan is to provide troops with two to four week training in key languages such as Arabic or Chinese.