Q: How did you learn English?
A: school (6 years), CNN, USAToday/IHT, books, travel, living in Ireland for a while.
Q: Is English required in your country's schools, and if so, at what age?
A: My country being Germany, you´re required to take English courses from ages 10-15, 10-16, 10-19, 12-16 or 12-19, depending on the type of secondary school you attend.
Q: Do you "learn" a lot of English by yourself, from English media like movies, books, web sites, or is it all from school, textbooks, etc.
A: Well, I wouldn´t call it "learning" any more, but I use it in everyday life.
Q: Do you find reading airliners.net or another English web site/book/etc. difficult at all -- do you need to "translate" mentally at all, or is it very natural.
A: I don´t find it difficult at all. And I don´t translate it, that would be way too clumsy.
Q: Do you feel that it's right to be using English as a universal language, or would you rather use your native language?
A: Uhh, I believe this is not a question of right or wrong, but rather convenience. English is THE universal language, I´m glad it is, rather than, say, Hindi - because English is very easy to learn for German native speakers, due to the two languages´ similarities.