Language Gap in the US?

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    With 231 million Americans speaking only one language well enough to communicate (so relax, you 'English only' hysterics), and enrollment in language classes declining, is America exacerbating a strategic disadvantage? What consequences might this have, or will technology make it a moot point?


    Why There's A Language Learning Gap In The United States
     
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    Personally, I think tech will obviate the necessity to learn languages. This is unfortunate for the human mind, however, as such learning immensely increases capacity for understanding language itself, as well as revealing increased thinking capacity.
     
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    English being one of the, if not THE most widely spoken language on earth; is really the only language one needs, to get by in America. If it isn't... Chances are you are dealing with people who need to learn our language. Not vice versa. With the advent, and popularity of the internet, the global community is shrinking when it comes to language.
     
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    English has a lot going for it on the level of easy, basic communication; all non-gender specific nouns are neuter, all adjectives as singular, etc. Simplifying verbs a bit would help and some spelling could use "tweaking", but as a base for a universal language, we could do worse. Over three thousand characters for writing, for example, is evidently not necessary.
    That said, technology (as stated previously) may well make 'translation' (which is usually really transliteration) easy and quick for most conversation.
     
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    "The ability to be fluent in many languages is a valuable skill ... for a headwaiter"

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    There isn't much point in learning to speak barely passable Mandarin Chinese when everyone in China speaks the Lingua Franca ... English.
     
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    England took English around the world, the dominate capitalist country is America.

    however

    If you travel, you get treated better if you can speak to the locals in their lingo.
     
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    Speaking the local language, even poorly, is kind of a panty dropper.
     
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    It worked on the local Italian hotties.
     
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    No more than other languages.
     
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    everyone doesn't
     

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