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Language skills improve career prospects, says survey
According to a survey of over 200 bilingual business people, three quarters of respondents said they had furthered their career prospects by speaking a second language.
The survey, conducted by Rosetta Stone at the Language Show on 3-5 November in London, found the most commonly spoken languages were French (58%), Spanish (47%), German (31%) and Italian (24%).
71% of respondents claimed that learning a second language had improved their communication skills making travel more enjoyable and half of respondents said that languages had enhanced their social lives.
67% would like to learn another language in the New Year. Chinese Mandarin, French and Spanish jointly topped the poll of desirable languages to learn (17%).
Michael Lefante, marketing manager at Rosetta Stone UK, said: "Being able to speak a second language has a number of benefits for the individual, both socially and psychologically. As the world becomes more globalised, employers are placing increasing value on candidates who can speak additional languages. These employees - who are in demand as they can communicate with clients, suppliers and colleagues abroad - find that they have more opportunities available to them."
Despite being proficient in a second language, 32% of respondents said they still devote between one and five hours a week to language learning to improve their skills.
Although evening classes are a common method of language learning for 44%, others are put off attending them because of time constraints (27%) and inflexibility (15%). 71% of respondents are considering using online methods to learn an additional language in the New Year.
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