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Foreign Languages and U.S. Economic Competitiveness

by Sophia Khan

The Council on Foreign Relations’ Edward Alden discusses the problem of having an increasingly monolingual American population and how Foreign Languages and U.S. Economic Competitiveness go hand in hand.

While much of the competitiveness discussion concerns the performance of the U.S. economy, the real issue at stake is the competitiveness of future generations of Americans. U.S. companies will find the personnel they need to compete in export markets, and are perfectly happy to hire English-speaking foreigners rather than foreign language-speaking Americans. Americans who speak English alone will increasingly face a disadvantage in competing for some of the best jobs in business. [more]

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