How important are foreign languages when you are pursuing physics or chemistry? The centers of research are all in English speaking countries (U.S., England) and any foreign students must learn English proficiently to survive in their new countries. So naturally, I wouldn't need to learn any foreign languages when pursuing physics. But due to the requirements of the International Baccalaureate, I'm pursuing French as a foreign language. Is French still useful for physics now that the centers of research have moved to the US? French could be useful at CERN though.. But then, I have to go to CERN and I also wonder what the defaulto language at CERN is.. Hmm.. Also, I'm Chinese and my parents want me to learn Chinese (I dropped out of Chinese school long ago, forgetting most of the Chinese I learned). However, I would much prefer Calculus to Chinese, especially since Chinese foreign students must learn English as well. Yeah, Chinese could give me an advantage when communicating with foreign students. But it isn't as important as learning Calculus or doing physics in my spare time. Should I just abide by the expectations of my parents and learn Chinese? and btw my parents are the opposite of stereotypical Chinese parents. Also, how important is being well-rounded in physics? Feynman didn't need to be while he was pursuing research under John WHeeler and then on the Manhatten Project(yeah, he became well-rounded later but just for fun). But I have enough fun with mathematics and pranks. To me, the only important skills are reading scientific articles, writing, math, and science; who cares if I can't read Tolstoy; I'm autist anyways. SO what are your thoughts on learning foreign languages and being well-rounded to prospective physicists and chemists? (and I'll have to be somewhat well-rounded since I'm pursuing the International Baccalaureate but if I drop it in favor of taking all three sciences in the same year, the IB coordinator will murder me).