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In my high school, we were required to take a foreign
language. We got to choose between French and
chose French. Once I clumsily helped a drunk Frenchman
his destination on the subway map, but otherwise have
used this knowledge.
I believe it would be much better
if the mandatory
language taught to high schoolers were International
language. Similar to French or Spanish, this would help
communicate with people of other cultures. Unlike
Spanish, because it would also be taught to all other high
schoolers around the world, it would be a universal
communicate with anyone, not just French or Spanish
Also, since it's a fundamentally different mode of
communication than speech, it would also be useful for
communicating in a variety of situations in which all
languages fail: In loud bars/clubs/construction sites,
trying to be very quiet, while underwater, while
eating/choking, through optically transparent but
opaque barriers, etc., etc. The applications are endless.
||[Ian] That's going to be some seriously freaky sign recognition. If the Universe is holographic then every creature on earth might have a sentient interference peak out there.
||This is a great idea, but it should be taught from pre-school onwards so that an entire generation can share a single language.