Jay Walker discusses a new mania that is sweeping the globe.  That is, the mania to learn and perfect the English language.  Walker believes that English is quickly becoming “the common language to solve the world’s common problems.”  Countries all across the world, China in particular, are beginning to recognize that the ability to communicate on a global level opens up a door of opportunities and success, and English serves as the means to unlocking this door.

What benefits come from having a shared, common language? Do you think having a common language will lead to a better understanding of other cultures? Are there any negative consequences to this “English mania” as Walker calls it?