“Critical need” languages

As a part of the National Security Language Initiative that President Bush launched in Jan 2006, the Council of American Overseas Research Centers have been offering courses and scholarships in order to “strengthen national security and prosperity in the 21st century through strategic language learning”. As of now, the initiative lists Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish and Urdu (alphabetically) as “critical need foreign languages”. Nothing funny about this, but what I find funny is the naively upbeat tone in which a Korean article of today was written about this. The New York correspondent of NewsIs even ended his article with quoting a Kim in Flushing: “It is desirable that the US encourages their citizens to learn our language at the governmental level.” I am not gonna say anything as the reporter seems to have been mocked enough in the comment box at the bottom of the article. πŸ˜€

[Random addendum]

Oh, I forgot to take on board what I learnt from “How To Write Great Headlines” yesterday. I should have given to this post something like “America in critical need of Korean“. πŸ˜‰


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