Are today's language learners better than those who lived before the computer age? Are polyglots more skilled? This is all a matter of personal opinion of course, but I'm interested in yours. I think there probably isn't much of a change. I'm guessing the lack of tools in the past meant that natural skills were better, and people were more diligent. Of course I can't prove this, but the stories from previous times don't make it sound like there have been huge gains in overall language learning.