My youngest stepdaughter spent a few years in Spain, first as an au pair near Madrid, then teaching English in Barcelona. While she became fluent in both Spanish and Catalan, she was struck how many people of all ages wanted to learn English. I suppose the fact that English is about the most widely-spoken language worldwide is both a benefit and a curse to us English. A benefit, because we can usually order a beer or a taxi or whatever pretty much anywhere, and a curse for exactly the same reason, in that most of us just don’t bother to learn the local lingo. The problem lies in our schools, in that there are pitifully scant resources dedicated to foreign languages, even in secondary schools, let alone primary schools where learning multiple languages has been shown to be easiest.