Languages in the Media
When you look around, it's getting more and more difficult to ignore the spread of all these languages. Bank ATMs offer instructions in multiple languages; the Yellow Pages have foreign language editions. Packaging for most products are multilingual. You even use them when you want to go out to eat. Have you eaten fajitas with jalapeños and queso? How about tandoori?
In the larger cities, you can get television news and programs in hundreds of languages. Subscription services like Netflix, Hulu or VUDU have movies and shows you can watch in dozens of languages. Going online? YouTube has thousands of videos to let you practice your language skills.
Education and the Economy
A couple centuries ago, people had to educate themselves to keep up with the changes to the industrial world. Today, it's the digital world. Communications around the world are happening instantly. New technologies are keeping us busy trying to figure out how to communicate without a problem. People need to be educated in language to keep up with today's world. The demand for language courses are increasing every day.