I think it's really important, especially in the American Southwest and especially as our trading relationships continue to develop in Mexico and throughout Latin America and other Spanish-speaking countries," he said. "It offers an opportunity not only to enjoy the social benefits, but also to create solid business relationships. It gives a person who speaks the language of the person with whom they're doing business an opening that they otherwise might not have."
In addition to teaching in summer law programs, Piatt has spoken at seminars and lectured at universities in Mexico and Spain in both Spanish and English. Most of his books and research focus on the topic of language.
"I think we have to recognize a couple of things," he said. "First of all, to be successful in this country, you have to speak English; and you have to speak it very well. But that's not to say that we don't also have the capacity to learn and benefit from being able to communicate in more languages other than just English."
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