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Submitted by Rebecca Moulds (United States), Sep 12, 2007 at 17:11

Since you insist that learning Arabic is a waste of time, and learning Urdu is the real key, can you support this by implementing learning this language in this country? I know that many people speak Urdu, but it is not as well-known as Arabic.

Arabic is a difficult language to learn, I know, I lived in Egypt and only learned a few words. My jaga, or gardener/watchman in Indonesia, however, spoke and read Arabic, and had a Koran in Arabic. Obviously he was quite unusual in this, but I never heard Urdu being spoken in Indonesia. I did hear it, however, in Singapore and Malaysia.

Since you believe that the US is concentrating on the wrong countries, and if Pakistan is the real problem in this terror-ridden world, then perhaps our government should be told, and all CIA and FBI agents should be learning Urdu and Hindi, and even Indonesian, rather than Arabic.

I am looking forward to your article "Learning Arabic is a Waste of Time."

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