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It’s no secret that Europeans take language learning seriously, as the “Eurobarometer Survey on Europeans and their Languages” carried out last spring showed.
Based on the responses of almost 27,000 people in 27 countries, the results showed that in accordance with the EU population, the most widely spoken mother tongue is German (16%), followed by Italian and English (13% each), French (12%), then Spanish and Polish (8% each).
The benefits of a bilingual or multilingual education are well documented, such as: aids cross cultural understanding and global awareness; enhances academic progress in other subjects; narrows achievement gaps; benefits higher order, abstract and creative thinking; enriches and enhances cognitive, skills, and emotional development; enhances a student’s sense of achievement; helps students score higher on standardized tests; improves chances of college acceptance, achievement and attainment; enhances career opportunities; benefits understanding and security in community and society.
Right now, roughly 18% of Americans report speaking a foreign language versus 26% of Canadian and 54% of Europeans.
Two thirds of Europeans (67%) consider English as one of the two most useful languages for themselves.
The ability to speak a foreign language can often boost earnings, sometimes adding as much as 15% to a person’s salary in the US, 34% in India, and 55% in Thailand!
Of course the incentive for learning a foreign language isn’t always money motivated.
The next languages perceived as the most useful are German (17%), French (16%), Spanish (14%) and Chinese (6%).
Just over half of Europeans (54%) are able to hold a conversation in at least one additional language, a quarter (25%) are able to speak at least two additional languages and one in ten (10%) are conversant in at least three.
The worldwide language learning market (all languages combined) generated a hefty $58.2 billion in 2011.