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Most American high schools teach foreign languages, yet few American high school graduates are fluent in these languages.

This is nothing new. Back in 1939, the great Canadian humorist Stephen Leacock wrote an accurate article on this. It was a rarity. It was not funny. Leacock was a professor at McGill University. He knew first-hand about the failure of North American high schools and colleges to impart fluency in foreign languages. Read it here.

Today, the Internet offers many free sites that let people learn how to speak foreign languages. Here is an evaluation of just a few.

Duolingo is widely praised.

The Ron Paul Curriculum does not offer courses in modern foreign languages. When you can get better training for free, there is no reason to pay.

Gary North


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