People say that English people are lazy when it comes to learning languages, and that when foreigners coming to England speak English, English people should return the favour.
Fair enough! I think this is true, but what language should English people learn? Europe is linguistically quite diverse, so even if everyone in England spoke fluent German as well as English, no doubt the French and Spanish would think that we were unwilling or lazy for not learning their languages. But, no doubt it won't be long before the international language changes again.
Only 100 years ago, Latin and French were important languages, 50 years ago, English and Russian, and now only English. It is only a matter of time before another language takes over the role of international languages, and at this rate it looks like it will be Mandarin!
Sent to www.bbc.co.uk/ by: James