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How many ENGLISH NATIVE SPEAKERS know second language?
Practically this question sounds so - What do you think about level of mind and laziness of people that try to teach us their native language.
I suspect that not so much people (USA, UK ....) try to learn a second language and moreover few people gained second language on upper-intermediate or advanced level.
Maybe I am wrong so correct me .....
i think you are right, native English speakers dont need to learn another language because almost everybody speak english, meanwhile everybody in the world must learn english
I can suggest that in the USA or the UK there is maximum 1-2% of people learning a second language on constant base and having good results.
At the same time I am sure that in other states of the world there is minimum 4-7% of people learning or supporting English on constant base and having good level (intermediate - advanced) of English.
From this information I can conclude that the hotbed of language-laziness on our planet is English-speaking states.
Throughout the UK, many citizens can speak, or at least understand (to a degree where they could have a conversation with someone who speaks that language), a second or even a third language from secondary school education, primary school education or from private classes. 23% of the UK population can speak/understand French, 9% can speak/understand German and 8% can speak/understand Spanish.
In general, 38% of UK citizens report that they can speak (well enough to have a conversation) at least one language other than their mother tongue, 18% at least two languages and 6% at least three languages. 62% of UK citizens cannot speak any foreign language. These figures include those who describe their level of ability in the foreign language as "basic".Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_the_United_Kingdom#Second.2FAdditional_Languages
I live in Russia and I don't believe in statistics at all. From statistical information 100% of russian people have fluent English or German or French or etc. Because everyone studied second language at school and have a skill to say some words on second language.
I don't believe that 38% citizens of the UK have good (intermediate - advanced) level of second language.
I think that it is only empty words like some teachers say about own pupils that they know math because reality is other, they don't know math at all.
It depends on where you live in the US. If you live in one of the states bordering Mexico you'll find a high concentration of people who can speak both English and Spanish. Also, Florida, New York, and around Washington DC. Most high school graduates have had 2 years of foreign language classes and after 2 years most still only know a few words. Usually all that is offered is Spanish, French, Italian, and German. I don't think it's because people are lazy. There's simply no emphasis placed on learning a second language here so no one's bothered developing decent language curriculums in our public schools.
It is hard to be faultfinding to your "iron" logics.
Really I know of course that in big countries there is not the tradition to learn a second language.
It is normal because there are no needs for learning a second language thanks to you are surrounded largely by own citizens.
Still, it's amazing to me that I had a native Spanish teacher in high school and I learned way less from two years of Spanish than I have learning Persian here on italki muddling through with new friends. But then again... no one's given me any homework! :D
Regarding the US, anyone interested in the facts rather than guesses can look here:
Thank you so much for your reference which could prove my suggestion.