… or do they?94% of the world’s population do not speak English as their first language75% of the world’s population do not speak English at allOnly 31% of Western Europeans speak English as a foreign language
Some good reasons to learn a language- It will increase your chance to get intoSixth Form college and university- It will increase your job opportunities- It is exciting- It gets you places- You can learn about new cultures
… but I’ll never be fluent in another language!!!There is no need to be fluent, a little language goes a long wayEven basic phrases make a real differenceLanguage learning improves your understanding of how other people live and thinkLanguage learning gives you a range of other skills too (communication, team working, interpersonal, problem solving, organisational skills)
It will get you a job …73% of British trade is with non Englishspeaking countriesUK businesses trade withover 200 counties worldwide1 in 5 exporting companies say they arelosing business because of language andculture barriers
It will give you more moneyLearning a language can boost an average worker’s earnings by up to 20%For a person earning theaverage national salary,that would mean an extra£200,000 over a working life.
It can even improve your love life!A survey of 270 dating agencies foundthat people who speak a foreign languageare more attractive to the opposite sex!