Banned language methods

Foreign language tutors are quite common in lists of books banned by the Inquisition. Check for example this page in the 1844 Indice general de los libros prohibidos, which records the proscription in 1797 of a French-Spanish commercial correspondence course and of an English-Spanish conversation primer published in 1719 by the Anglican minister in Seville. The authorities subsequently realised that banning merely stimulates curiosity, so they changed policy, made foreign languages compulsory, and teach them really, really badly.

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