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Another entry in the language debate.
 I too agree that programming languages should not replace
 studies in foreign lauguages. An anecdote, if I might.
 With an undergrad gegree in a foreign language, and then
 having switched to chemistry, I will never forget some early
 post-doc days in France walking home from work in the
 afternoon after struggling with three foreign languages at
 one time:  1. French  2: IBM JCL 3: IBMOL-H rohf
 coupling-operator code.  I remember practicing how to
 explain bits of quantum chemistry in French as a means to
 bring back what I knew and could use from Spanish and to
 prod my self to remember what someone had told me several
 times that day in French. I remember attending a trilingual
 party..people got tired in one language, and switched to
 another.
 This isn't a recommended path to approach learning science
 but it was different, and was a lot of fun. My household
 is bilingual, and my son went after a third language.  None
 of this would have happened without the ungergraduate
 language.  As others have said, you certainly become
 familiar with the culture, and dealing with the process of
 continually translating something to something else,
 learning computer programming was not so strange.
 Back then some computer science departments even sought
 after students with degrees in foreign language.
 John McKelvey