It has become a common misconception, amongst a large population of the UK at least, that everybody understands the English language, and thus we need not bother learning any foreign tongues.
However, according to the CIA World Fact Book, only a tiny 5.6% of the world’s population speaks English as a primary language.
That number more than doubles if people who speak English as a secondary or tertiary language are also included, but that still leaves a huge majority of people in the world who do not speak English.
Therefore it would seem that learning a foreign language would be a sensible idea, helping to improve our ability to understand other cultures and communicate with the world around us.
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