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    Two languages, two minds

    More and more of the world is working in English. Is this to the English-speaker’s advantage? A recent column by Michael Skapinker in the Financial Times says that it’s important for native English-speakers to learn the skills of talking with non-natives successfully. But, as Mr Skapinker notes, there are advantages to being a non-native, too.

    Speaking slowly allows a non-native to choose just the right word—something most people don’t do when they are excited and emotional. There is a lot to be said for thinking faster than you can speak, rather than the other way round. Ingenious researchers have found that sometimes decision-making in a foreign language is actually better.