A fruitful conversation with @the_briny pointed out that there is ambiguity between the “Read Language” active skill and the scholar’s lore “Read Languages.” I agree that the wording is too confusing to have these be the same name, since the goal of each action is slightly different.
To make things make more sense, I’m changing the active skill “Read Language” (detailed on p. 42 of the rule book, and also in several character professions in the chapter “Characters”) to be called “Decipher Code.”
“Decipher Code” will refer to the described Active Skill on p. 42. “Read Language” will continue to refer to the requisite Lore on pp. 65, 73).
For players, this change is implemented now, and will be reflected in the next beta version!