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In one of the questions raised in this website, I learned that interpreters will not be soon replaced by machines. The more fundamental question is whether there will be any need for English interpreters when there is a chance that many of the politicians and diplomats, businessmen, etc will speak English and, therefore, will not need any intermediary communicator i.e interpreter. Is there any chance that in the future the level of English proficiency of the people rises so that interpreters become redundant? Is it at all justifiable that even when the level of English proficiency is so high in the world, interpreters be used and trained.

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Is there any chance that in the future the level of English proficiency of the people rises so that interpreters become redundant?

Unless the speaker has a mother tongue level, his or her English is unlikely to be good enough to speak in public. Read the following discussions to find out why:

Have a look at politicians who are great speakers when they speak their mother tongue, and watch how unconvincing they sound when they read a speech in English:

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answered 05 Jan '14, 04:33

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