Studying a language can be a brand new yr’s decision for about one in 5 Britons in 2018, a survey suggests.
About one in three mentioned they intend to be taught a minimum of some key phrases.
Spanish was the most well-liked language amongst 2,109 UK adults questioned by Populus for the British Council.
“If we’re to stay globally aggressive post-Brexit, we’d like extra individuals who can communicate languages,” mentioned British Council faculties advisor, Vicky Gough.
Of the consultant pattern of adults polled:
- 64% mentioned they’d all the time wished to talk one other language fluently
- 56% mentioned they regretted by no means having made the hassle to take action
- 58% agreed it was extra vital than ever for individuals within the UK to be taught one other language
- however solely a 3rd mentioned they may presently maintain a primary dialog in a single
- 45% had been embarrassed by their poor language abilities
In November, a British Council report recognized Spanish, adopted by Mandarin, French, Arabic and German, as being the an important language for Britons to grasp as Brexit approaches.
The organisation warns that uptake of languages in faculties continues to fall with official figures indicating a 7.three share level fall within the variety of pupils in England, Wales and Northern Eire taking GCSE exams in languages up to now yr.
In Scotland, official figures present the same falls in numbers taking French and German .
A report by MPs has estimated that poor language abilities within the workforce prices the UK financial system £50bn a yr in misplaced export alternatives.
Companies wrestle to fill posts that require language abilities mentioned the report from the All Social gathering Parliamentary Group on fashionable languages.
The MPs known as for a nationwide restoration programme to enhance language abilities.
Ms Gough mentioned the brand new yr was the proper time for budding linguists to get began.
“It’s implausible that many people hope to brush up on our language abilities in 2018,” mentioned Ms Gough.
“The languages we’re most eager to be taught are a number of the languages the UK wants most.
“However the nation continues to be going through a languages deficit.”