While at work today, I overheard a conversation between two eastern european workers. I've no idea what nationality they were, but they spoke in English, so I presume that they didn't come from the same country. Their standard of spoken English wasn't bad at all. No hesitations, not a great deal of residual accent, just a little slower than a native English speaker. In all, probably better than the standard that seems to be leaving many of the schools these days. (I blame Teletubbies for this). But during their conversation, one said to the other, "I'm thinking of learning to speak Polish. It's easier to get a job if you speak Polish." Is this a sign of the times? Has the era of the monoglot Englishman come to an end?