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Modern foreign languages are not in crisis. It’s worse than that


UK language skills have succumbed to a complex pattern of long-term decline. Only a national strategy can fix things

By Megan Bowler, Nick Hillman  

Photo: Sascha Steinach/DPA/PA Images

Only around one-in-three (32 per cent) young Brits can read and write in a second language, compared to 99 per cent of young Danes. The UK figure is streets behind the numbers for every other EU member. In fact, it is less than half the number for the second-worst country (Hungary on 71 per cent). The figures include people who speak a second…

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