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Studying a language will probably be a brand new 12 months’s decision for about one in 5 Britons in 2018, a survey suggests.

About one in three stated they intend to study not 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 want extra individuals who can communicate languages,” stated British Council colleges advisor, Vicky Gough.

Of the consultant pattern of adults polled:

  • 64% stated that they had at all times wished 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 presently maintain a fundamental dialog in a single
  • 45% have 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 colleges 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 prior to now 12 months.

In Scotland, official figures present an identical falls in numbers taking French and German .

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A report by MPs has estimated that poor language abilities within the workforce prices the UK financial system £50bn a 12 months in misplaced export alternatives.

Companies wrestle to fill posts that require language abilities stated the report from the All Celebration Parliamentary Group on fashionable languages.

The MPs known as for a nationwide restoration programme to enhance language abilities.

Ms Gough stated the brand new 12 months 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 few of the languages the UK wants most.

“However the nation continues to be going through a languages deficit.”