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There was an article linked to in the CP news that said that you don't have to know English to be a good programmer.
I'm Dutch, and I know from experience that that can not be true.

Sure, you can program without knowing English (English keyword? you don't have to know what they mean anyway, you just have to know what they do), but you can not learn to program without knowing English.
Nearly all literature is in English. The rest is usually badly translated - from English. Discussion forums are generally in English. Usenet is in English - except for the few localized NG's (which aren't used anyway). Wikipedia is in English - they claim not to be, but the best article is almost always the English one (except for very national topics).
And if that wasn't enough, if you're getting your Master's degree, the classes are in English.
Also, every job description I've ever seen (for jobs in the Netherlands), good English communication skills are required.

If you don't know English, you can bag my groceries.
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