Deseret News
Letter to the editor

This is in response to a letter which appeared in the Deseret News about not requiring taking a foreign lanugage in school. The letter was written by Maren Anderson, and it appeared on March 21.

We enjoy classic novels like the Spanish novel called "Don Quixote de la Mancha," which was written by Miguel de Cervantes, and the Russian Novel called "War and Peace," which was written by Leo Tolstoy, and the French novel called "Les Miserables," which was written by Victor Hugo. The reason we have been able to enjoy these novels is because people learned the foreign languages, and translated the foreign novels into English.

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I have served in foreign countries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and during my 20-year military career my knowledge of foreign languages was a tremendous benefit. I got exasperated when I lived in Mexico and I heard Americans say, "Why can't the Mexicans learn to speak English like civilized people?" I know that I am a better person because of my knowledge of foreign languages, and it has not been a waste of time to learn them.

Let us not be content to be ignorant in regards to the subject of foreign language. I offer this advice as a retired U. S. Air Force Sergeant from the state of Utah.

Dennis Mackay

West Valley City