If I wait long enough, change will come to me

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Learning a second language is common for the students of today. During my high school days the common second language taught was Latin with a few larger schools also offering Spanish, German, or French.
As for me, I jumped on Spanish – not necessarily because I believed it would be more useful -- but because I was told by some college acquaintances that Spanish was the easiest to learn and I would probably be required to enroll in a foreign language course when I went to college.
I searched for those college acquaintances but never found them after I struggled through the two semesters of supposedly “easy high school Spanish.” Those college acquaintances were honest in one aspect -- I was required to enroll in additional Spanish courses in college and thankfully my college class instructors took pity on me as I stumbled through another year of what now is our country’s most popular second language. Unfortunately, today my fluency in Spanish consists of, “uno, dos, tres, etc.”
 I’ve been told globally the most widely spoken language is Mandarin Chinese, which has nearly 2 billion native speakers. The United States trails China quite a distance in the native tongue standings with 335 million English speaking natives.
 The English language still could become the most popular second language in the world because more than 1 billion people in China are studying English today and that total doesn’t include other world countries whose students are pursing English as their second language. As far as the United States is concerned, 26 percent of the adults speak a second language with Spanish being the most studied. Chinese as a second language for U.S. citizenry ranks seventh.
Now how does all this affect me? It means if I live long enough I’ll never have to brush up on my limited Spanish or learn a new second language. I’ll continue to do what I’m doing currently. That is to wait for the changes in this world to come to me and everyone worldwide will speak English.
Do you know that awesome feeling when you get into bed, fall right to sleep, stay asleep all night and wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on a new day? Yeah, me neither!
Here’s an astute observation: “You never appreciate what you have till it’s gone. Toilet paper is a good example!”
RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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