According to a European Commission survey in 2012*, 61 per cent of British respondents could not speak a second language. The same survey also shows that ‘just over half of Europeans (54%) are able to hold a conversation in at
least one additional language, a quarter (25%) are able to speak at least two additional languages and one in ten (10%) are conversant in at least three?’.
But if British native English speakers cannot speak a second language, maybe they think don’t need it! At a national level English is the most widely spoken foreign language in 19 of the 25 Member States where it is not an official language (i.e. excluding the UK and Ireland). And in the world English language (first and second language) is the most widely spoken and the most widely taught foreign language.
Consequently why should an English speaker learn other languages?
In the European Commission survey, the most widely mentioned barrier to learning another language is lack of motivation, with a third (34%) of Europeans saying this discourages them. Around a quarter of Europeans cite lack of time to study properly (28%) and that it is too expensive (25%). A fifth (19%) of Europeans say that not being good at languages discourages them.
But there are several advantages in learning a second or a third language. As Paul Taylor says:
- Keep your mind engaged
- Learning has never been easier
- Gain insight into other cultures
- Enhance your foreign excursions
- Become more valuable at work
‘The limits of my language are the limits of my universe.‘
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