7/9/2013

Linguists in the armed forces take the annual Defense Language Proficiency Test, and a program called High Intensity Language Training helps them prepare. Through the three-week program that took place in June, the troops lived and worked together speaking only Mandarin, Farsi or Arabic. "It's mentally exhausting, doing this for 12-hour days seven days straight through," said Eric Francois, who spoke Farsi during the training.

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