The day may well come when machines make learning languages unnecessary…irrelevant. Universal translators, just like in Star Trek. The ultimate American linguistic dream: everyone speaking the same language 😛 .
That day may well come.
So should you stop learning the language you’re learning.?
But, for heaven’s sake, do stop learning it the wrong way: the boring way. No good will come of it. Literally.
In time, technology may advance to the point that learning other languages is unnecessary. But your time and mine will not have been in vain, will not have been wasted…iff…if and only if, you enjoy yourself now.
Have fun. Do things the right way: the fun way. Not just because it works (which it does), not just because it’s effective (which it is), but because it may well be the only way of doing things that is even worthwhile.
There may ultimately be no future in which to be gratified (TBH I’m betting there will be, but still…for the sake of argument…), no glorious destination worth reaching — so the only benefit of learning a language could be the benefit you’re extracting from it right now, my friend.
Time. The stuff of life. Yours will not have been wasted if you had fun.
Says Momoko: “what would Anglos say of Spanish speakers living in America who said: ‘Yeah, I’m not learning any English because I’m waiting on universal translators to arrive. Google, dude. Google.'”?
Anyway 😛 .