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The Duel: Should schools still teach French?

John McWhorter vs Chris Bryant

By John McWhorter   May 2014

Chris Bryant (left) and John McWhorter (right): this month’s combatants.

I’ve said in the past that French is probably not the most useful language in the world to learn. After all, Mandarin, Spanish and Russian all have a greater reach these days than the old language of diplomats. And it’s true that although all my French friends think theirs is the most precise language in the world, French has found it far more difficult than most to adapt to the…

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