but....after thinking about it

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david11

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[FONT=Tahoma, Helvetica, sans-serif, Arial]Yes I suppose having English is such a benefit! Always have[FONT=Tahoma, Helvetica, sans-serif, Arial] [/FONT]thought so but I guess now thinking about it, that it is important as I don't have the real need to learn another language. It certainly is helpful, but not a necessity unlike some places.

It was written by one of my native speaker friend while we were discussing about the benefit of knowing English. The only way I can interpret is as below :

[/FONT]Yes I suppose having English is such a benefit! Always (I) have[FONT=Tahoma, Helvetica, sans-serif, Arial] [/FONT]thought so [STRIKE]but[/STRIKE] I guess now, ( after) thinking about it, that it is important as I don't have the real need to learn another language. It certainly is helpful, but not a necessity unlike some places. [FONT=Tahoma, Helvetica, sans-serif, Arial]

[/FONT]Am I correctly interpreting it?

What does "the phrase in blue" mean? Does it mean it is not a necessity(or helpful)in many places except few?
 

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He means that native English speakers, unlike people in "some places" (i.e. non-English speaking countries), have no compelling necessity to learn another language in order to communicate and do business internationally.
 
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