I'm not sure about the speaking English thing...when i was doing the Census there were a few houses where the mother had to get her little son or daughter to translate for me, and she wasn't learning English so couldn't have explained things like "My husband pushed me down the stairs, please help" to a police officer if she'd needed to, or understood "Can you move your toes?" if she'd been in an RTA.
While people obviously shouldn't have to speak English all the time at home, it would be a good idea if they were learning it to sit down together every now & then and practice conversation skills, and swap vocabulary, just like if a group of English people living together in a foreign country would do to get an initial grasp of that country's language(s).
Maybe America could pay the traffic
~ahem~ charge for all the other countries' diplomats. It's not as if they can't afford it after all.
We could have the medical students over here! If they like their subject that much that they didn't notice they were driving through a military checkpoint while they were talking, then they'll probably make well-motivated doctors. And we certainly need more doctors.
Childish noticing things of the day:
- I like the way the guy who's going to work on the citizenship test has red demon eyes in the photo! :) Selective journalism, sir? Here, sir, at the BBC? No...
- The little caption for the picture at the top of the traffic article comes up "London traffic". Just in case we didn't guess...:)