Is learning a foreign language worth time and effort?

Absolutely. Some may not be able to become fluent in a second language, but all can pick up enough to find it rewarding. To converse with someone of a different language and culture will really open a world of new possibilities in your own outlook of the world. English is after all, the world's number three language by the number of speakers. Mandarin and Spanish speakers make up 20 percent of the world's total population while only five percent speak English.