- Dec 2017
I Languages Antient Latin
Even now, mostly western, Latin-based languages are taught widely to students, despite the importance and usefulness of other global languages, such as Chinese (Mandarin/Cantonese), Arabic, Russian, Japanese, and more. I think our strange attachment to European origins and languages has limited our growth because language is easily the first step to opening yourself to other cultures and mindsets. Furthermore, languages, like Italian or Greek, as wonderful as they may be, have a very limited capability of use. If those languages are taught, so should other less regionally-wide languages. For example, Nepali was not taught in any college I applied. When I later looked it up, the only public source of Nepali language learning was from Cornell; the power of Western education can either expand or make a language disappear.