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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser

Language

Mein Kampf

Adolph Hitler

1926

Link

2017-03-13

"Out of 100,000 students who learn French there are probably not 2,000 who will be in a position to make use of this accomplishment in later life...It would therefore be much better to teach young students only the general outline, or, better, the inner structure of such a language: that is to say, to allow them to discern the characteristic features of the language, or perhaps to make them acquainted with the rudiments of its grammar, its pronunciation, its syntax, style, etc. That would be sufficient for average students, because it would provide a clearer view of the whole and could be more easily remembered." - Hitler

That's probably true, although I think some people are better at gaining general knowledge if they have something concrete to base it on. My foreign language was German. But I'm not by a long shot good enough to read this book in German -- I probably have something like a 2nd grade understanding. In some ways it might have been more useful for me to know a little about languages in general than specifics of German.