Friday, December 24, 2004

Tongue-Tied Brits

Only one in three Britons can speak a second language. In the case Luxembourg national, on the other hand, 98% can speak a second language. Other multilingual Europeans are the Dutch and Danes. Hungarians and Irish rank very low like the British. The data comes from a report to be published in 2005 by the Centre for Information on Language Teaching, the UK national resource Centre for language teachers. Two thirds of British schools no longer require the study of a foreign language. Does it really matter since everyone else speaks English? It certainly does because when the other person knows your language and you don't know his or hers, you're at a disadvantage in social, political, economic, or any other situation.

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