Studying a language will likely be a brand new 12 months’s decision for about one in 5 Britons in 2018, a survey suggests.
About one in three mentioned they intend to study no less than 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,” mentioned British Council faculties advisor, Vicky Gough.
Of the consultant pattern of adults polled:
- 64% mentioned they’d all the time needed 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 essential than ever for individuals within the UK to study one other language
- however solely a 3rd mentioned they might at present maintain a fundamental dialog in a single
- 45% have 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 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 prior to now 12 months.
In Scotland, official figures present an analogous falls in numbers taking French and German .
A report by MPs has estimated that poor language expertise within the workforce prices the UK economic system £50bn a 12 months in misplaced export alternatives.
Companies wrestle to fill posts that require language expertise mentioned the report from the All Celebration Parliamentary Group on fashionable languages.
The MPs known as for a nationwide restoration programme to enhance language expertise.
Ms Gough mentioned the brand new 12 months was the right time for budding linguists to get began.
“It’s incredible that many people hope to brush up on our language expertise in 2018,” mentioned Ms Gough.
“The languages we’re most eager to study are a few of the languages the UK wants most.
“However the nation continues to be dealing with a languages deficit.”