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In quite a few countries other than America (such as in Europe and Asia, etc.), knowing two or even three languages fluently is commonplace. Americans are relatively backward in that regard, I'll admit.

We are not backward in that regard, its a product of geography and original colonies. In Europe, you cross a border you have a different language. Here, you cross a state line, you might get a different accent.



In fact the Europeans and Asians are insanely backward in this regard.

Which would you consider moving forward in a sane manner, having 10 languages or one? Those calling the US backward are being quite silly/.

BTW, if you do business in Europe? Well, you better speak, you go to a Tower of Babble meeting with Dutch, Italians, French and Spaniards, the meeting is held in English. They know, they are just a little too backward to give up their antiquated customs and actually give up being backward. No reason for us to go backward to be honest.

That said, it might make sense to learn Chinese, maybe Russian, Obama is itching to surrender to someone.
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