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Britons and second languages?

From starting Spanish I've come to realise that a large portion of Europeans are adept at learning languages, specifically English, whereas from my experience a large portion of British people are not as keen to learn a second language or as fluent in a second language as those in mainland Europe.

What are your thoughts on this?

For learning: English
Base language: English
Category: Culture

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    My thoughts are that it's a simple question of need. There is a perceived need in Europe and the wider world to have knowledge of English. It therefore makes it less necessary for people from English-speaking countries to speak other languages.

    I have been lucky to travel all over the world, learn many languages and meet many people, and I can safely say that - except in some cases where a second language is closely-related to the speaker's mother tongue - linguistic competence is entirely dependent on the individual. The British may have a luke-warm feeling towards learning other languages, but other Europeans are no more adept at learning them than the British are. It's just that other Europeans have a greater (perceived) need and therefore study other languages, and specifically English, many times harder and for many years more.

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