Surprise! Children in the United States are linguistic morons. Every time I go overseas, I'm embarrassed by how deficient my language skills are. I have some Egyptian Arabic and have lost a lot of my Spanish, and that makes me a fucking genius compared to some of the other Americans with whom I've traveled. Most of the foreigners I met spoke at least one other language besides their mother tongue, and often two or three. I'm not talking about French tour guides, either. I'm talking about rural Moroccan taxi drivers. There is no good excuse for our shortcomings in this arena. FOCUS: Discuss the article. ALT. FOCUS: What languages other than English do you speak? Where did you learn? How has it benefited you?