Many parts of the UK are very multicultural, with the former Commonwealth often bringing people from all over the world to come to Britain to make their own living. In 2011, it was found that 2.5 percent of the population belonged to the Indian ethnic group, representing more than 1.4 million people. For the most part, people of Indian descent and people of Indian origin in the UK are multilingual, but that cannot be said for much of the rest of the population.
Spain is listed as one of the most visited countries in the world, with the British being frequent visitors every year. Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca, the Canary Islands, Catalonia and Andalusia are the hot spots. However, so few Brits have taken the time to learn more than a handful of Spanish words, let alone any other language. Considering the learning resources and the interest in traveling to Britain, the statistics are certainly confusing.
Learning a new language just got easier with revolutionary new individual lessons in Spanish and other languages. The ability to take intimate lessons with tutors from around the world via video and messaging has dramatically improved learners’ resilience. It is for this reason that more people in Britain – and around the world, for that matter – should be able to acquire at least basic conversation skills before they go abroad.
Not only is it so polite and courteous to the country you’re in, but it also opens up the trip to a much greater degree. By knowing the language better, you can explore areas beyond the resort, hotel or more touristy places – so you can openly explore the best places. Plus, eating out and trying new things just got a lot easier, making the trip overall more enjoyable. Not only that, but many people learn English before coming to UK on travel flights.
All over the world, English is taught as a second language, even becoming one of the main languages ââin some places. Even the Minister of Education, Dharmendra Pradhan, included English as one of the 13 languages ââthat NEET (UG) would be conducted this year. Perhaps it is because of this prevalence of learning English around the world that original native speakers do not feel the need to add to their linguistic repertoire.
Yet the statistics are quite staggering. The British have been found to be officially the worst at learning languages, with 62% of the population speaking only English. No less than 38% of Britons speak at least one language other than English, but Across the European Union, nations are on average 56 percent of their population as knowing one more language.
Overall, if people stay in their own country for most of their lives without traveling much abroad, this statistic is a good one. However, Brits are notorious for their vacations, which makes the following conclusion even stranger. It was found that nearly half of Britons don’t try to understand a basic level of the language of a nation they are visiting. Worse, with Spain being the number one destination, most travelers learn to get by with eight words.
With ways of learning languages ââmore innovative and immersive than ever, the number of Britons who do not master a foreign language before going there is, in theory, expected to decline in the years to come.