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Almost half of British tourists overseas can’t speak local language

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Almost half of British tourists overseas admit they are embarrassed that they cannot speak the language of the country they are visiting.

Almost half of British tourists overseas can’t speak local language

 

The poll, which was commissioned by the British Council and surveyed 1,768 UK adults, found that 46% admit they have been embarrassed at being unable to speak the local language.

 

Some 45% said they rely on the assumption that everyone will speak English in the country they are visiting and 29% said they have been too scared to even try speaking in the local language.

 

Around one in six said they can speak a foreign language to a high standard and 37% said they can hold a basic conversation in another tongue.

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Edition 1437
19 August 2017
Edition: 1437

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