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Fluent in English, Greek, French, Italian and Dollars

The Financial Times              October 20, 2013

From Ms Claudia Binaghi

Sir, On the subject of being bilingual or multilingual (Letters, October 17 and October 18) in response to Michael Skapinker's column ("Mystery of acquiring another language", October 17), the language used to count is generally considered a person's "mother tongue". Maria Callas, the American-born Greek soprano, who spoke English, Greek, French and Italian, was once asked how she counts. She replied: "I count in dollars!"

Claudia Binaghi, New York, NY, US

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