Article from The Guardian about the lack of language skills in the UK
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Read the article to answer the following questions:
- What are the costs associated with not knowing foreign languages?
- Given the years of study involved in learning a language, is there a good return on investment for native English speakers learning a foreign language?
- Do you agree with the quote: “English is fine if you want to buy things, but it’s not the right language to use for people who want to sell things.”?
- After English, what is the most useful language?
- Do you think Brexit and a more isolationist US will affect the status of English as a global language?