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I hope in the future it will still be very useful to learn other languages than English! I’m glad many Taiwanese are still learning other European languages, Korean or Japanese, and contrary to English (which they are forced to learn) they show lots of interest in these languages, because it’s obviously their choice, and out of curiosity, it brings a culture and a different vision of things, something they would never get somewhere else.
Even if in France, you speak English with a French guy, you will never have the same contact as if you were speaking French. Same here in Taipei (’‘Chinatown’’ lol!), if I didn’t know Mandarin, I would miss 95 percent of the things to discover.
Languages and cultures are something we need to cherish if we don’t want to become like these shallow uni-lingual north-americans