Wednesday, December 30, 2015


The Acquisition of Languages

Charlotte Smith (1749-1806), Rural Walks: In Dialogues. Intended for the Use of Young Persons (Philadelphia: Thomas Stephens, 1795), p. 77 (Mrs. Woodfield speaking):
[O]f all those acquirements, that are called accomplishments, there is none that, were I now a young person, would excite my ambition so much as the acquisition of languages. It not only makes a person useful on a thousand occasions, but enlarges their minds, and goes a great way towards curing them of narrow and disgraceful prejudices.

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