(PRWEB) September 28, 2011
Today (26th September) is the European Day of Languages, set up ten years ago in order to encourage language learning across the continent. However it appears from a recent Skyscanner survey, that further promotion is needed as the findings show that less than a quarter of respondents are at ease speaking the local language when abroad, with almost half admitting they “only use a few words”.
The main reasons given for limited use of local languages was found to be lack of vocabulary (49%); lack of confidence in understanding replies (22%); embarrassment (9%); and knowledge that the locals speak English (11%).
One of the objectives of the European Day of Languages is to promote lifelong language learning both in and out of school; the Skyscanner study shows that those who learn languages at school have greater confidence when trying to speak the language overseas with 53% willing to speak or hold short conversations in a foreign language compared to only 33% of those who didn’t study a language. However the study also revealed that education is not the only factor - an impressive 90% claimed that travelling to a country made them keener to learn a language.
“With the vast majority of travellers motivated by overseas travel to boost their language knowledge, it’s clear that even a short break to Europe can prove inspiring, said Gareth Williams, Skyscanner CEO.