The importance of languages

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The Importance of Languages • How many languages are spoken throughout the world? • 100 • 200 • 300 • More than 500 Just over 6,500 • In London alone, more than 300 languages are spoken • The proportion of the world which does not speak English as its first language is:- • 1% • 25% • 74% • 94% 94% What proportion of the world speaks no English at all? • 75% • 60% • 50% • 25% 75% How many UK companies are losing business because of language barriers? • out of every 100 • out of every 50 • out of every out of every English is not enough! How will studying languages help you? • It will increase your job opportunities • With the growth of the European Union, there is a much greater need for people who have a foreign language • 60% of all UK trade is with non English-speaking countries It will boost your brain power • Researchers from University College London studied the brains of 105 people – 80 of whom spoke a foreign language • They found that learning another language improved the brain in the same way that exercise builds muscle It will give you more money • Learning a language can boost an average worker’s earnings by up to 20% • For a person earning the average national salary, that would mean an extra £200,000 over a working life It can even improve your love life! • A survey of 270 dating agencies found that people who speak a foreign language are more attractive to the opposite sex! Davina McCall Jamie Oliver Madonna Matthew Perry Lisa Kudrow Arnold Schwarzenegger Kylie Minogue Which other celebrities speak foreign languages? Jonathan Ross Russian Lucy Liu Japanese and Chinese Mandarin Gary Lineker Spanish and Japanese Gwyneth Paltrow Spanish and Italian J K Rowling French, Spanish and Portugese Arsene Wenger English German Italian Japanese Spanish Christopher Lee French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Greek and Swedish [...]... language other than English which is spoken on 5 continents • French is the second most frequently used language on the internet • French is ranked the second most influential language in the world French, along with English, is the official working language of: • The United Nations • The International Olympic Committee • The International Red Cross • The Council of Europe • The European Court of Justice... more tourists than any other country in the world • The Eiffel Tower is the most visited tourist attraction in the world • The following people have one thing in common … • They all speak French ! Johnny Depp Orlando Bloom Jarvis Cocker Ellen Macarthur Robin Williams Mick Jagger Uma Thurman John Travolta Tina Turner Elton John Sol Campbell Davina McCall Jamie Oliver Madonna Matthew Perry Lisa Kudrow... employers, the languages which most companies want are:• 1st French • 2nd German French is spoken as a native language in:• • • • • • • • • France Luxembourg Monaco Switzerland Canada ( Quebec) Guadeloupe Martinique Benin Guinea Mali Ivory Coast Niger Senegal Togo French Guiana Central African Republic Burkina Faso Congo Gabon La Réunion New Caledonia Haiti French Polynesia Saint Pierre Mayotte French is the. .. Williams Mick Jagger Uma Thurman John Travolta Tina Turner Elton John Sol Campbell Davina McCall Jamie Oliver Madonna Matthew Perry Lisa Kudrow Arnold Schwarzenegger Kylie Minogue Which other celebrities speak foreign languages? Jonathan Ross Russian
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