It is not entirely rare that I have met those with the idea that everyone should speak English, because most of the world teaches or speaks it. While true, language is a fundamental part of society, culture, and people’s identities, and displacing it would ruin many cultures in the long term. Feeling entitled to the understanding of others in our own language is what earns one the label of ignorant and self-centered. Taking the time to understand someone else is only the first step. This applies to many things, not just language.
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