According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 60 million Americans speak a language other than English at home. But more than 231 million people speak only English, and don't know any other language well enough to communicate in it. In a special podcast episode of Here & Now, co-host Jeremy Hobson does a deep dive into how Americans learn and use languages other than English. We hear from Marty Abbott, executive director of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. Also, we meet a pair of polyglots who have learned several languages: Shannon Kennedy from Orange County, California, and Steve Kaufmann, from Vancouver, British Columbia. Then, a conversation with Lynn Visson, who for many years was a United Nations interpreter. Finally, a look at the proliferation of translation apps and how artificial intelligence is improving translation capabilities with a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University.
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