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Attempting to learn German

"A personal atonement, however futile, for the pathos-ridden arrogance of my nation"

By Richard Dawkins  

Read more: The death of modern foreign languages

I like to think of my life as governed by rational decisions, but I have to admit that my attempt to learn German in my quixotic seventies is governed more by emotion—an emotion that might strike some as positively irrational. I don’t specifically need German for my life or my work. No, my motive is almost akin to penance: a personal atonement, however futile, for the pathos-ridden arrogance of my nation. Brexit has made me ashamed…

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