Technology -specifically the Internet- is making the world a smaller and smaller place. Our world has become a "global village", now that communication is instantaneous. The world is only as far away as the computer. People are trading ideas and communicating faster than any other time in history. Countries and markets are trading people and business as well. However, since its now becoming more common to come into contact with people from different sides of the globe, we're also coming into contact with different languages. Should you not happen to be familiar with at least one other language, this barrier can destroy a large portion of the possibilities technology provides for us today; to connect with people from all over the world. I therefore believe that learning at least one other language is a vital skill in this day and age.
Even though contact with other languages in everyday life is creeping closer to Americans, learning another language isn't catching on. According to C. Edward Scebold of the American Council of Teacher of Foreign Languages, 60% of High School students are not studying another language. This is too great a number, as improvements in the Internet will make communication with people from other parts of the world more and more commonplace. Americans also seem to have an air of ignorance in learning another language, as many foreign people we come across today already speak English. Paul Aron, vice-chairperson emeritus of Daiwa Securities America is quoted as saying, "English is an international language, but it isn't the international language."
Language barriers can isolate you from the people around you, making it impossible to exchange information and converse. Lacking a second lingua becomes a problem not only when using the Internet but in the work place, air port, shopping centers, while traveling, and in hundreds of different locations common to everyday life. In the world we live in today, you are shut out of a limitless...
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