Americans do not learn languages!

Here is a promotional film clip which is supposed to encourage Americans to learn languages. I doubt it will have much effect. “200,000,000 million Chinese are learning English and 60,000 Americans are learning Mandarin”, it says. Most of these are sitting in classrooms and will never speak these languages. I think that new methods of learning and the proliferation of language learning sites on the Internet, and language learning apps for the iPhone and Android etc., will have more effect than these promotional videos. Not to mention the fact that English is of far greater utility internationally than Mandarin. I wonder how many Chinese are learning Spanish?

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