November 10th's Economist has an article in it about the boom in services specialising in language and culture. The article focuses on international litigation, which requires truckloads of documentation that in many cases needs to be translated. Software can help, but it needs experts to make sure the software is working correctly.
"The twin forces of globalisation and technology may put many mediocre lawyers out of business. But those who master languages and computers may find themselves in demand," concludes the correspondent.
Just another reason to keep it up, fellow language-mad parents!