A Japanese businessman was asked what language he spoke in business. He replied, "Are you buying from me or selling to me? If you are buying from me,it's English,but if you are selling to me it's Japanese." This story illustrates the importance of language fluency in international trade. I read somewhere that mastery of a foreign language is a better guarantee of employment than even a degree in IT.
Are Irish schools rising to the challenge of training a young generation of linguists that will enable Ireland to hold its own in the fastest growing markets of the future, China,India and Spanish America? For a list of the most spoken languages worldwide,see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethnologue ... _languages