Battling Law’s Second Language

Americans are derided in foreign cultures because so few of us speak a “foreign” language. We simply figure that in light of America’s overwhelming economic, political and cultural power, we are entitled to demand that everyone around the world – particularly lawyers, business people and airline pilots — speak to us Americans in the way that is most convenient to us. “Be reasonable,” we insist. “Say it our way.” And we marginalize those who don’t, consigning them to the realm of subtitles.

Yet a huge percentage of Americans do speak – actually are forced to speak — a second language, and the irony is that they are both compelled to speak it and yet are ridiculed for speaking it. Damned if they do and damned if they don’t.

Woldow, P. 2016, Battling Law’s Second Language.


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