6 Aug, 2019 @ 11:25
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TONGUE TIED: Less than a third of young British adults can read and write in a foreign language as UK comes last in EU poll

BRITAIN is the EU country with the lowest percentage of 15 to 30-year-olds proficient in a foreign language.

A study by the EU’s Erasmus education programme saw Britain in last place with just 32% saying they can read and write in another language.

The second-last country, Hungary, left the UK in the dust with 71% of young adults skilled in a foreign tongue.

Denmark topped the list with 99% bilingualism, followed by Malta with 98% and the Netherlands with 97%.

Erasmus is an exchange programme that allows for students to study in other EU member states.

Joshua Parfitt

Joshua James Parfitt is the Costa Blanca correspondent for the Olive Press. He holds a gold-standard NCTJ in multimedia journalism from the award-winning News Associates in Twickenham. His work has been published in the Sunday Times, Esquire, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Sun on Sunday, the Mirror, among others. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast to discuss devastating flooding in Spain, as well as making appearances on BBC and LBC radio stations.

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