In Defense of Languages

In cutting languages, colleges undercut commitments to social justice and to translation, in the broadest possible sense, Jessica Blum-Sorensen writes.

In the age of Google Translate and ChatGPT, one might reasonably ask what the goal of learning foreign languages is. After all, artificial intelligence is more than capable of getting most messages across, typo-free and complete with flawless grammar and punctuation. Why put ourselves and our students through the tedium of verb endings, endless pronouns and the often-stultifying niceties of syntax?

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