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Heidi Hodges column: Children can find a way to communicate in any language

7:32 PM, Sep. 6, 2013
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"I didn't know what he was saying, but I understood him," my 11-year-old son explained about his new friend. We had just returned from camping for a few days on Rock Island with a family from Germany. The family had had two boys, the same ages as my sons.

The German boys spoke German, of course. But, if you have kids your own age along on a camping trip, apparently it doesn't matter much what language everyone is speaking. As it turns out, the language of kids is universal.

Sure, it was a little uncomfortable at first. The kid, all young teens and "tweens," regarded each other with nods and tried to ...

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