SPANIARDS are falling behind other European nations when it comes to speaking another language.
The average European Union citizen of working age speaks three languages, including their own, according to research carried out by CIS, the Centre for Sociological Investigations.
But Spanish workers do not even average two languages.
Just 50% of adults aged between 25 and 64 in Spain speak one or more foreign tongues, putting them third from last in the whole of the EU.
This average is further skewed by the fact that several regions – including Catalunya, Valencia, Galicia, the Basque Country and the Balearic Islands – have co-official languages jointly spoken with Spanish.
CIS blames the education system for its limited emphasis on languages.