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  • I heard that in order to catch spies who spoke languages perfectly, agents would make the prisoner do math out loud. It seems the hardest thing to fake is doing a simple math problem in a language not your own.

    After fifty years in the United States, and high school and university here, I still count in Spanish.

    How about you?

    Me dijeron que para agarrar a los espías que hablaban otros idiomas perfectamente, los agentes les pedían que practicaran matemática en voz alta. Parece ser que lo más difícil de fingir es hacer un cálculo simple en un idioma que no sea el tuyo.

    Después de 50 años en Estados Unidos, y secundaria y universidad aquí, todavía cuento en castellano.

    Y vos?

    Photo of my high school graduation, Forest Hills, New York.
    Foto de mi graduación de secundaria, Forest Hills, New York.
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