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 preferred 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 that they had at all times needed to talk one other language fluently
- 56% stated they regretted by no means having made the hassle to take action
- 58% agreed it was extra necessary 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 expertise
In November, a British Council report recognized Spanish, adopted by Mandarin, French, Arabic and German, as being the crucial 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 prior 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 expertise within the workforce prices the UK financial system £50bn a yr in misplaced export alternatives.
Companies wrestle to fill posts that require language expertise stated the report from the All Occasion Parliamentary Group on trendy languages.
The MPs known as for a nationwide restoration programme to enhance language expertise.
Ms Gough stated the brand new yr was the proper time for budding linguists to get began.
“It’s incredible that many people hope to brush up on our language expertise in 2018,” stated Ms Gough.
“The languages we’re most eager to study are among the languages the UK wants most.
“However the nation continues to be going through a languages deficit.”