How many languages do you know?
Simple. how many languages do you know?
Just the one I'm afraid. Unless we're counting programming languages too.
The problem with the teaching of foreign languages in England is that people are taught far too late, and a lot of people don't bother as nearly everyone else can speak English. Normally, exposure to a foreign language begins in High School (ages 11-16), and all studies show that this is far too late in a child's development to pick up a second language easily. Also, when they reach their teens, most become apathetic of school work, doing only what is required to pass.
Now I'm older, I wish I had paid far more attention to foreign languages back in school. I would personally love to learn Japanese and/or Russian.
Our education system really needs to understand that exposure to foreign languages and cultures needs to happen earlier, before the optimum time for learning new languages has passed, and school work apathy has kicked in.
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