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Tonight I met a 13 year old that speaks four languages.  I met a 7 year old that speaks three.  Most Egyptian kids speak 2 languages. There is a five year old who lives in our building that speaks four languages and understands 2 more — for a grand total of SIX languages.  Wow. 

Why do most Americans speak only 1 language?  I feel so lame.

Oh, and by the way, these kids all speak multiple languages because their parents do.  It’s not like they are depending on schools to do their work for them.  These kids are learning this stuff from the day they’re born.   

Sometimes it feels like this part of the world is so much more connected.  There are so many different cultures and countries all sharing one piece of land.  And, the countries themselves are so small  it’s easier to travel around and experience different things.   This is a huge benefit that we are missing out on in the US.  

Just sayin’.

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