Helen DeWitt has a wonderful post at paperpools, quoting a Russian reader who was given a copy of The Last Samurai (for description, see my enthusiastic burble from 2003) by someone who said “You know, maybe, being a single mom of a five-year-old girl, you will find this stuff interesting. It is about how to teach kids foreign languages. I think you’ll enjoy it.” The story she tells is touching and should inspire everyone to teach their kids something of a foreign language or three. Read the post, then (if you haven’t already) buy the book!
(Incidentally, you can see the Yo-Yo Ma quote cited in the title of this post, and on page 44 of the novel, here, towards the bottom of page 8.)