U.S.-U.K. Relationship: 'Not Only Special, But Essential'

The old joke in Anglo-American circles is that the United States and the United Kingdom are two nations separated by a common language.  But that’s not exactly true, as NATO leaders will learn when we convene for the 26th NATO summit next month in Wales.  Welsh is not just a totally different language, it is the advanced mathematics of human speech.  This summer I am trying to learn a little.  So far, my vocabulary is three words -- one of them has 58 letters, only 13 of which are vowels.  This country with the offbeat language has also been off the beaten path of state travel.  President Obama will be the first sitting president to visit Wales. -Ambassador Matthew Barzun http://goo.gl/wrmDnc
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