One things for sure, English is the 3rd most spoken language in the world. However, when it comes to English and THE English, there is a misconception that the English have it easy. After all, they have been blessed with a native language that is the most spoken around the world, but what happens when they travel? And why don’t they feel the need to add an extra language under their belt?
There are various articles from the British newspapers, such as The Guardian entitled “The seven big language learning issues facing the UK” and The Telegraph has an article named “Language learning in the UK: ‘can’t, won’t, don’t”. It is fair to say that in terms of language learning, the UK lack this skill, and some could say that is in the terms of ignorance towards other cultures that are on their doorstep with just a flight away.
Throughout the article by the Guardian, which is a renowned newspaper from the UK, acknowledges that the main problem with the English not wanting to study is the young. In the UK, a set of exams are sat to be able to progress on to university and many young students feel nervous at the idea of learning a whole new set of words. They understand that learning a language can be beneficial, but do not take the steps to complete this goal. However, the number is slowly recovering and has improved throughout the years.
Lastly, the article from The Telegraph, they say that learning a language is important for the UK’s future and worldwide standing. Languages are a necessity for our “trade, prosperity, cultural exports, diplomacy and national security.”
So, to answer the question, are the English as educated as we think? The answer is no. English itself is an essential language so therefore the English do not feel a need to learn another language. Let’s hope this one day changes!