Learning a language will be a new year’s resolution for about one in five Britons in 2018, a survey suggests (reports BBC Education).
About one in three said they intend to learn at least some key phrases. Spanish was the most popular language among 2,109 UK adults questioned by Populus for the British Council.
“If we are to remain globally competitive post-Brexit, we need more people who can speak languages,” said British Council schools advisor, Vicky Gough.
Of the representative sample of adults polled:
- 64% said they had always wanted to speak another language fluently
- 56% said they regretted never having made the effort to do so
- 58% agreed it was more important than ever for people in the UK to learn another language
- but only a third said they could currently hold a basic conversation in one
- 45% were embarrassed by their poor language skills
In November, a British Council report identified Spanish, followed by Mandarin, French, Arabic and German, as being the the most important language for Britons to master as Brexit approaches.