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66% plan to learn a language in 2007, says survey
Giving up smoking, starting a new diet, or going to the gym have always been popular resolutions to make on New Year's Eve. This year, however, according to a survey of over 300 people commissioned by language software provider Rosetta Stone, learning a new language is a top priority, with 66% listing it as a resolution they plan to make.
French topped the list - with 23% claiming it is the language they would most like to learn, followed by Spanish at 20%. Chinese (Mandarin) came in third at 15%. Rosetta Stone says this is no surprise, with trade between the UK and China on the rise, and the Beijing Olympics on the horizon for 2008.
Being able to communicate while travelling (38%) and improved job prospects (29%) were the biggest motivating factors cited by those planning to learn a new language in 2007.
According to Rosetta Stone, having more than one language has been shown to improve your career prospects: 75% of bilingual people surveyed by Rosetta Stone at the Language Show in London this November claimed that knowing an additional language had helped further their careers.
Michael Lefante, spokesperson for Rosetta Stone EMEA said: "More people are realising the many benefits that come with being able to speak a second language. In addition to improving communication, learning a language can increase mental agility, develop problem solving skills and enhance cultural understanding. With advances in technology making language learning easier than ever before, it is a resolution worth making."
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