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Brits admit their language skills need work

Brits admit their language skills need work
15 Aug 2013

Brits aren't renowned for their language skills and it seems we know it, with a recent survey finding that 78% of holidaymakers are unable to speak in a foreign tongue.

The research conducted on behalf of the British Council revealed that 40% of those questioned were embarrassed by their inability to speak another language while travelling abroad.

Just over half (53%) of people also stated that they avoid attempting to pronounce foreign words by pointing at menus when ordering in restaurants.

It isn't just speaking another language that some Brits are wary of, either, with 18% of tourists admitting that they stayed in familiar surroundings - like their resort - for the duration of their holiday, rather than uncovering the local culture.

Director of strategy at the British Council John Worne commented: 'We could all benefit from broadening our cultural horizons - and brushing up on our language skills would be a good place to start.'

As Spain is among the most popular overseas destination for travellers from the UK, learning Spanish may be a good place to start.

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