According to the results of a recent BBC survey, many Britons are choosing not to visit certain holiday destinations because they are too embarrassed at not being able to speak the language. Instead they prefer to visit places where English is widely spoken and they are able to understand what the locals are saying.
French is widely taught as a second language in U.K. schools, closely followed by German and Spanish. However despite this it seems the average Briton can only remember about seven words or less of the language they learnt at school. Some could not even remember basic words like “Hello”. I must admit that I can remember very little of my French or German from schooldays, which is a bit sad, particularly as I used to be really good at German. It was one of my best subjects at school. But it’s like anything else unless you speak it and use the language everyday, it’s easily forgotten. However lack of language skills has never held me back, I usually play a language CD and take a phrase book when I go on holidays to help me along a little bit. I did this when I went to Italy. I personally think it’s sometimes fun to try and make yourself understood in another language, although some languages are harder to learn than others. C’est la vie!
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