Wittgenstein, A One-way Ticket, and Other Unforeseen Benefits of Studying Chinese

The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press

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- Size: 21.6 (L) x 14 (W) cm

- Binding: Paperback, 264 pages

- Language: English

- Author: Perry Link

- Publisher: The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press, 2019

Few in today’s globally connected world would disagree that we must understand other cultures better and that learning languages is an excellent way to do so. Yet many, especially in the largely monolingual United States, still do not realize how important the perspective of a different language can be and how far the effects of learning a language can reach.

Surveys show that about 75 percent of Americans speak only one language. This contrasts with only six percent in Sweden and the Netherlands. More than half of Europe as a whole speaks a second language, and about 25 percent of...