As you all can probably deduct, my first and native language is English. Now, to me, speaking English in the United States is not an inherently cultural experience. American English doesn’t seem to have the same gathering power as other languages spoken in America. English is just seen as more of the default language and there isn’t anything too special about being able to speak English here. Americans tend to vary heavily so simply speaking English doesn’t provide much of a basis to make connects with fellow Americans.
Now, with being a primary English speaker does make forming connects with those whom speak other languages more difficult. It’s hard to find common interests when you want can’t even understand what the other person is saying. This is why learning a second language can very practical to overcome these language barriers.