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By Sunil Kumar

Language is one of the fine arts; aesthetic refinement and a love for the sound of words. Music also requires one to be sufficiently aware of differences; subtle, implied and overt. No, I am not indulging in a non-sequitur; even though it could turn out to be funny. I love curry; I am an Indian. Even though I did not know what that meant, I know what I’m trying to say.

As I will detail in my other portal; iqmathgames, multilingual expression can often be beneficial for the brain. So, in the modern world, where we hold science to be a beacon of enlightenment; the results of this research should be beneficial to one and all.

I am inserting a few excerpts from a New Yorker article; full credit to the writer Mary Hawthorne. I assume the same courtesy would be extended to me for my mental ruminations; as it has been done many times in the past. If it doesn’t make logical sense, write in to me. I want feedback, audience engagement: a debate. Fuzzy logic is also cross-functional brain fodder.

(From the Article):

You ask why learning a foreign language is critical to our educational system.

Where to begin? Maybe with the Romans, who insisted on teaching Greek to all their highborn citizens. Or with the Russian Empire, which taught its élite to speak French. Or the French, who until very recently made everyone learn Latin. Mastery of a foreign language has been a required skill in every Western civilization since time immemorial.

Columbus, Descartes, Newton, Euler—find me an important Western thinker in any field, and you’ll find someone who spoke and wrote in at least two languages. Why should we think of abandoning the fountainhead of Western culture? The real impact of this long tradition is, however, not in the field of business or diplomacy or mathematics or exploration; it is because mastery of a foreign language is a prerequisite for understanding how to use your own. That’s why we teach it.

And Lydia Davis weighed in the other day, writing:

Maybe the simplest way to object to Larry Summers’s statement is to say what may be obvious but bears repeating: each language (“around the world”) grows out of the culture that uses it, each culture is different, each is rich in its own way; if we lose the language we lose the culture, if we don’t know the language we don’t know the culture (from the inside), if we know even a few foreign languages we are still not acquainted with the huge richness and variety of the rest of the world’s cultures, and if we know no other languages but our own we are terribly isolated and impoverished.

 

And I should add that, after all—something we are aware of most vividly before we understand the meaning of another language—it is a set of sounds, it is a form of music. Each music is different. Not all are equally mellifluous—despite my attachment to German, I’d have to say that, really, Raumschlüssel is less beautiful to my ears than la chiave della camera—but, again, it is variety, and the rich provocativeness of variety, that we lose if we give up foreign languages.

As a patriotic citizen of my nation; I have to humbly submit that Sanskrit is the logical fulcrum of existence; the most perfect language for computation. Already Proved Q.E.D. These excerpts were meant to enrich my own understanding and whoever reads it.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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