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Link: “Multilingual Europe” by Ingrid Piller

Original post found at: https://www.languageonthemove.com/multilingual-europe/#:~:text=19%25%20of%20Europeans%20are%20bilingual,speak%20four%20or%20more%20languages.

Interesting blog post about the rate of multilingualism in the EU (as it was in 2012). It makes the point that valuing the learning of English only is not really good policy, and indeed that this has damaged rates of bilingualism in Eastern Europe as relatively high-quality teaching programs for Russian have not been replaced by anything nearly as good for English. (Plus, to me it seems like a mistake to have just stopped teaching Russian entirely.)

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