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Oct 02, 2019 | 4583 views | 0 0 comments | 569 569 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor,

Regarding your recent article on a Queens College professor preserving the world's dialects, as a Queens College graduate I respect professor Daniel Kaufman's efforts to preserve nearly 800 distinct languages spoken in New York.

But I disagree with his goal. We need fewer, not more spoken languages, and ideally only one: English.

I'm familiar with some foreign languages, having studied French in college and learning basic German and Portuguese while serving overseas in the Air Force.

But a single language is vital to preserve our nation. Many languages divide people, while a common language unites them.

The U.S. was a melting pot when nearly everyone here – natural born citizens and immigrants - spoke English. Now it's a pressure cooker ready to explode.


Richard Reif

Kew Gardens Hills
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