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English top foreign language in Spain

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English is the clear front runner in Spain’s second language stakes says the country’s stats office.

New research by the INE shows that a little over a third (35.5%) of Spaniards between the age of 18 and 65 say they can speak English. Those numbers are 14 per cent for French and a jot below 3 per cent for German.

Of the 35 percent who say they can speak English, nearly half (45%) claim to have an intermediate level English and 20 per cent say they have advanced English skills, according to the recently released Adult Population Learning Activities study.

The INE report shows that almost half of all Spaniards between the ages of 18 and 24 speak English while that figure is a low 18 per cent for people in the 55–64 year-old bracket.

The study which looked at the learning activities of Spaniards over the last 12 months found that just over 41 per cent of people in this country had participated in some kind of formal education in that time. This rate was 70 per cent among 18 to 24-year-olds and 23 per cent for people aged 55 to 64.

Researchers from the INE also found that a fifth of Spaniards never used the internet while 25 per cent considered themselves expert users.

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Written by georgemills25

December 4, 2012 at 22:34

Posted in language, News, society, Spain

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