English plus. Learning another language is difficult for most people, no matter their native tongue or country. Us ‘Muricans rate historically low on the scale of bi- or plurilingualism, probably in part due to our geography and ‘melting pot’ style of language transition. Multitudinous efforts have been undertaken to make English the official language of the land, however its status remains merely de facto. More and more government documents, including ballots, are being translated into other languages, especially Spanish, and this trend will most likely continue with greater globalization. As an example of globalization close to home, this election cycle Puerto Rico voiced their opinion yet again on becoming the 51st state of our union, with a majority favoring annexation. If this happens, the language debate will take center stage, as Spanish and English share the official language designation in the now commonwealth, and most “Boricuas” do not speak English well. That, combined with the recent announcement by Spanish-language media conglomerate Univision of their intention to create an English-language version of their broadcasts to serve the needs of the fast-growing segment of Hispanics who are English dominant, testifies to the growing interconnectedness of languages in our country. You lose nothing by spending some time familiarizing yourself with or learning to speak another language. In fact, recent studies have shown that people who are bilingual are smarter, better leaders and make decisions more effectively, aside from reducing the chances for dementia in the winter of life. Or in the words of Charlemagne, “to have another language is to possess a second soul.” Meredith Moon, Copyeditor/Translator

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