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This forum is a good example of why the language is useful; if it is in mandarin only, how would locals who have not learned the language be able to read and understand what well-meaning foreigners comment in each topic which could reflect what is going on outside the circle of mandarin-delivered information?|
Secondly, translation takes time, patience and money and language experts are limited in numbers relative to the amount of knowledge churned out by the english-speaking world so that research findings in useful journals and other thought pieces will not be exploited timely and adequately enough for catch-up what more to avoid reinventing wheels if readers don't know the language; as a pointed example, let's say you want to duplicate the western biochemicals industry; even if its articles are only replete with biochemical equations, one must know the context that progresses one stage to the next and on top of that the discussions in medical texts that provide the scientific basis to apply the medicine.
Thirdly, one can't participate adequately in many international fora, negotiate prices and terms in export business or acquisitions, or be admitted to courses conducted in the language if one is not competent in the language.
Learning the language and being able to use it competently gives one the choice to engage with the rest of a world where english has become a lingua franca in many endeavors. Without a foreign language as such, one will never be sure one's perspectives on anything are all that are necessary to surmount future problems, respond accurately to a situation, or benefit from the progress made by the rest of mankind to-date.
Having difficulty learning the language is therefore not a good excuse not to plod on; maybe it's the learning technique or the time-based scope; there should be more research how to enable students to learn the language more easily even if the Chinese mind may be wired differently from the occidentals; maybe the scope should be extended; not just for admissions exams but all the way back to kindy.
Lastly, precision of thought. That could also be from the french language. But then again, it's a matter of linguistics and undoubtedly there are no small numbers of forumites here who are majors in that field who can contribute something in that regard. Especially the lady mod's.