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 stated they intend to study at the very least 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 converse languages,” stated British Council faculties advisor, Vicky Gough.
Of the consultant pattern of adults polled:
- 64% stated they’d at all times needed to talk one other language fluently
- 56% stated they regretted by no means having made the trouble to take action
- 58% agreed it was extra vital than ever for folks within the UK to study one other language
- however solely a 3rd stated they may at the moment maintain a fundamental 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 a very powerful 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 proportion level fall within the variety of pupils in England, Wales and Northern Eire taking GCSE exams in languages previously yr.
In Scotland, official figures present an identical falls in numbers taking French and German .
A report by MPs has estimated that poor language abilities within the workforce prices the UK economic system £50bn a yr in misplaced export alternatives.
Companies wrestle to fill posts that require language abilities stated the report from the All Social gathering Parliamentary Group on trendy languages.
The MPs known as for a nationwide restoration programme to enhance language abilities.
Ms Gough stated the brand new yr was the right time for budding linguists to get began.
“It’s implausible that many people hope to brush up on our language abilities in 2018,” stated Ms Gough.
“The languages we’re most eager to study are a number of the languages the UK wants most.
“However the nation remains to be dealing with a languages deficit.”