Actually, how many of you have been consistently using it when u learn a foreign language?
I used to pick up a little German but my own conclusion is that if you don't use it frequently enouff, you're going to forget most of it very quickly. Even for those who took it as an A level subject. It looks cool sometimes to learn jap or korean when there is some popular jap or korean dramas shown locally... I think everyone wants to identify with their idols! Have friends who signed up for foreign languages. But I think they experienced a very short-lived craze of a couple of months. Now they remember only the extreme basics. Quite a waste of time/money actually.
I think learning a foreign language will be more useful for those people who work in the service industry or need to do long term business/study in a foreign land where English is not a common language.