The disease of monolingualism

I clicked over to this website, EuroComRom, from a HTLAL thread. The website is about multilingualism in Europe and a strategy for achieving it, but frankly, that’s not what this rather short post is about. What immediately caught my eye (and made me chuckle) was the opening line of the site’s introduction:

Monolingualism is curable.

It made me invision some curious alternate reality in which people who only speak one language are seen as being sick, and are sent to institutes to be “cured” of their ailment.

By |2010-09-08T12:37:52+00:00September 8th, 2010|All Entries|2 Comments


  1. Keith September 9, 2010 at 5:24 am - Reply

    And many of the sick try to hide it, pretend there’s no problem or run away from it. They make excuses like, “I can’t help it. I was born this way.”

  2. Wyrm October 13, 2010 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    I’ve dabbled with a a number of classical and modern languages, but I’ve realized that
    I’ll learn another language to fluency just as soon as I’m paid to do so, or perhaps after winning the lottery.

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