British Minister says French a useless language

Chris Bryant, a British Foreign Office minister, told members of Parliament that the French language has outlived its usefulness in Britain and that Britons should learn more important languages like Chinese and Arabic.  Oops!  Bryant’s comments were not only insulting to Britain’s neighbors, the French, but also harmful in general for the promotion of foreign language learning.  Doesn’t he realize that some former French colonies also use French as their language?  That’s like saying that German should be replaced by Chinese and Arabic just because more people speak those languages than they do German.  What will happen if one day someone says that English should not be learned as a foreign language because other languages are more useful to learn?  Every language is important and should have a right to be learned, no matter what!  Follow this link to view a video of Bryant’s comments in Parliament:


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