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Didn't Eliot write a couple of philosophical articles in German on German subjects? That's a rhetorical question I just don't have the material to hand.
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"Rickard A. Parker" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>On Mon, 12 Nov 2012 11:53:23 -0500, Nancy Gish <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>>In fact, Eliot learned Latin in school and had read The Aeneid in the
>original before he went to Harvard. He studied Sanscrit at Harvard. When he
>went to Paris in 1910, his French was not very good, and he studied with
>Alain-Fournier while there. I'm not sure when he studied German, but he was
>clearly fairly fluent when he went in 1914. But he did not learn them all
>all at once.
>
>I believe his first ones were Latin and Greek and French and German came
>later but still before Milton.
>
>
>>As someone who finds languages difficult, I admire and envy those who can
>learn many. But Eliot's facility, while good, could be matched by many people. 
>
>Around 1922 or 1923 E. wrote Hesse about contributing to The Criterion. He
>wrote him in French apologizing about his German.
>
>
>>On the other hand, the son of one of my colleagues was fluent in six
>languages, ...
>
>A Swiss guy visiting Sydney, Australia, pulls up at a bus stop where two
>locals are waiting. 
>
>"Entschuldigung, koennen Sie Deutsch sprechen?" he asks.
>
>The two Aussies just stare at him.
>
>"Excusez-moi, parlez vous Francais?" he tries.
>
>The two continue to stare.
>
>"Parlare Italiano?"
>
>No response.
>
>"Hablan ustedes Espanol?"
>
>Still nothing.
>
>The Swiss guy drives off, extremely disgusted. The first Aussie turns to the
>second and says, "Y'know, maybe we should learn a foreign language."
>
>"Why?" says the other. "That guy knew four languages, and it didn't do him
>any good."
>
>Regards,
>    Rick Parker