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Exploit the use of languages

Your correspondent Trafalgar (Write Back, November 10) is mistaken and inaccurate on several fronts, namely:

1. Language, any language, is a tourism resource. 2. Language is an intellectual resource. 3. Languages are also huge employers.

At a time of extreme economic challenges, we should be looking to exploit language abilities ie. teaching Irish and English to the Chinese, whose government has a policy of affording its citizens the opportunity of learning all of Europe's official languages.

VINCENT HOLMES

Galway

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