[QUOTE=Gingersnap;14922]If you are never going to travel outside the country and you have no interest in reading literature or research, knowing another language is simply unnecessary. It is an accomplishment akin to ballroom dancing.
Why was the study of foreign languages required by schools back in the day when people traveled abroad far less than they do now?
There are many millions of people who never cross a border and aren't aching to do so. While there are benefits to travel in an educational sense, those benefits are actually declining with globalization.
The other side of this coin is that urban centers are increasingly more similar than different around the world. You see the same clothes, hear the same music, eat the same food you could get at home, and shop for the same merchandise. Needless to say, English is spoken almost everywhere.
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