Studying a language can 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 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’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 at all times needed to talk one other language fluently
- 56% mentioned they regretted by no means having made the trouble to take action
- 58% agreed it was extra essential than ever for folks within the UK to study one other language
- however solely a 3rd mentioned they may at the moment 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 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 12 months.
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 financial system £50bn a 12 months in misplaced export alternatives.
Companies wrestle to fill posts that require language abilities mentioned the report from the All Get together Parliamentary Group on trendy languages.
The MPs referred to as for a nationwide restoration programme to enhance language abilities.
Ms Gough mentioned the brand new 12 months was the right time for budding linguists to get began.
“It’s unbelievable that many people hope to brush up on our language abilities in 2018,” mentioned Ms Gough.
“The languages we’re most eager to study are among the languages the UK wants most.
“However the nation remains to be going through a languages deficit.”