IT’S usually Britons on the Costa del Sol who are criticised for not speaking Spanish.
But it turns out 60 per cent of Spaniards can’t speak a word of English – or any foreign language.
Researchers discovered one in four Spaniards have no interest in learning another language.
Only 23 per cent of respondents said they could speak and write English well, while only nine per cent can speak French and two per cent German.
Spain’s Sociological Research Centre surveyed 2,500 Spanish adults, finding 8.3 per cent currently studying a language and 70 per cent learning English.
Half of those studying said it was necessary for work while a third said it was merely for the pleasure of learning.
Nine out of ten Spaniards thought language skills were ‘important’ or ‘very important’.