On January 29, 2012, the New York Times had several articles grouped under the headline, "English is Global, so why learn Arabic?"
The articles discussed the need for English speakers to learn other language sin the context of globalization. Someone asked for my opinion.
I can argue it both ways. For instance, I live in Shanghai, China. Despite having studied Chinese for years I really don't speak it all that much at any level above the basic one required for daily interactions in grocery stores and with taxi drivers and such. Too many people around me, Chinese and otherwise, speak English at a level that is higher than my Chinese. And even then, when my Chinese is better, there is still a constant struggle as many with low level English try to push me into using that language, instead of their own, so that they can practice using their English. Therefore those who say that it is not worth the considerable time and effort to learn other languages, particularly complex languages, in today's globalized, English-dominated world do have a point. However, I also believe learning a language, even a little bit of a language, other than English can be highly worthwhile.
Let me explain. First, I believe it is also best to define your goals in language learning. small;">
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