This is my comment, among 275 comments on this article:
I enjoyed this article and plan to translate it. I also enjoyed another article you wrote about the
importance of learning a foreign language, for example Spanish. My 1226 friends at Facebook
(and 13,000 in groups) will surely find it interesting.They live in every country of Europe. I
have visited hundreds of them in most European countries, thanks to the language we have in
common, the source of most of my knowledge during travels to 34 countries: Esperanto.
Seeing first hand how children are raised in Scandianavia with 12 months or 18 months
(Sweden) of maternity-paternity leave taught me the value of love of family preached here by
conservatives, but practiced only there.
Part of our problem remains our mono-lingual status, source of infinite ignorance.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/30/opinion/30kristof.html (Kristof's article on the need to be bilingual, be it with Spanish or Chinese. )