First off, if you learn any second language by the age of 5, it's a scientific fact that your brain will have developed much much much more grey matter. That alone is a very powerful tool for the mind. With darker brain cells, especially as a child, would then allow you to really learn fast and excel with proper educational stimulation such as math, music, science or now a days even programming. All of this is because this allows for more complete cognition of every synapse in your Cerebral Cortex! Once again powerful stuff... Another reason is because it allows you to see your own language in a whole new light, which in return only strengthens your grammar with both languages. Also a good reason, is because it allows you to truly emerge oneself into another one's culture which has plenty of mental and physical positives. Last but certainly not least... If you learn another language, guaranteed, you will earn more money in the same position one has now. Not to mention, will most certainly help increase the probability that you could get a higher waged job with more ease. All of these examples have been documented time and time again. Hope that at least gives you a few legitimate reasons.
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Because some people don't speak English, which isn't their fault. English may be the most widely spoken language, but that doesn't mean everybody everywhere speaks it. Besides, it's good for you to learn another language, it keeps your brain active and improves your mathematical and musical skills. Why, are you averse to learning another language?
If you never plan on travelling, I don't expect you would need to learn another language..... unless Spanish replaces English in America :P
Yes, many people worldwide have a functional understanding of English... I spent some time travelling Europe and got by fairly easily in 20 different countries. Then I went to China..... and needed a translator.... it is difficult to impossible to get around with only English there. I expect you would have the same problem in India or Africa.
You will find out quickly that people abroad, even when they can understand English, treat you differently if you try to speak their language. In short: if you want to spend a vacation somewhere but only speak to the hotel staff, no need for a foreign language. However, if you want to understand some of the people, speak in a restaurant, earn some respect, live in another country, see things outside of the resort, be able to get by on your own: learn another language. One last thing: English is not a broadly spoken language. Try Chinese, Spanish...
Here in the US its not as necessary as in some other parts of the world, esp if you never plan to travel. If you do plan to travel then its only polite to at least know some basic phrases in the language of the country youre going to visit. Despite what we Americans like to rather arrogantly believe, not all Europeans and even fewer Asians know English or know very little. Many do but many dont. When people visit our country we expect them to speak English. Why shoukd we not then be expected to speak their language, at least a little, in their countries? Even here in the US these days it would a great idea for people to learn Spanish. Many more job and business opportunities open to bilingual English/Spanish speakers.