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May 29, 2002

Either Way, It's Still "Canal"

Business officials in Panama are pushing the government to make English an official language, on an equal footing with Spanish. While the country's most famous asset was run by the US, there was plenty of foreign investment, and with it came opportunities for using English. But since the canal was handed back in 1999, the country has suffered an economic slump and English use has declined. According to the education secretary, "English is taught starting in grade school, but it hasn't had the results hoped for."

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