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Monday, July 30, 2012

The 'internationally uninterested' - Travel Weekly

The 'internationally uninterested' - Travel Weekly

The 'internationally uninterested'

By Richard Turen
Richard TurenIt's an old witticism, but one worth repeating here:
What do you call someone who speaks three languages? Multilingual.
What do you call someone who speaks two languages? Bilingual.
What do you call someone who speaks one language?
An American
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Perhaps I should start by trying to destroy an urban myth that I myself have helped perpetuate. Much of the world, it turns out, believes a well-circulated rumor that only 10% of American adults own a passport. I have previously written that, actually, 29% of all American adults have passports. 

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