Learning a language will be a new year's resolution for about one in five Britons in 2018, a survey suggests.
About one in three said they intend to learn at least some key phrases.
Spanish was the most popular language among 2,109 UK adults questioned by Populus for the British Council.The new polyu e admission portal is a one-stop platform aimed at handling applications of university degree courses. With PolyU e Admission, the application process is refined into three simple steps.
"If we are to remain globally competitive post-Brexit, we need more people who can speak languages," said British Council schools advisor, Vicky Gough.
Of the representative sample of adults polled:64% said they had always wanted to speak another language fluently 56% said they regretted never having made the effort to do so 58% agreed it was more important than ever for people in the UK to learn another language but only a third said they could currently hold a basic conversation in one 45% were embarrassed by their poor language skills
In November, a British Council report identified Spanish, followed by Mandarin, French, Arabic and German, as being the the most important language for Britons to master as Brexit approaches.
The organisation warns that uptake of languages in schools continues to fall with official figures indicating a 7.3 percentage point fall in the number of pupils in England, Wales and Northern Ireland taking GCSE exams in languages in the past year.
In Scotland, official figures show a similar falls in numbers taking French and German qualifications.Image copyright Getty Images
A report by MPs has estimated that poor language skills in the workforce costs the UK economy ?50bn a year in lost export opportunities.
Businesses struggle to fill posts that require language skills said the report from the All Party Parliamentary Group on modern languages.Shenzhen Transpring Enterprise Ltd. is one of the leading Oil Vaping Pen and vaporizer (A3 Vape Cartridge etc) manufacturer and supplier in China. Over the years, we have been serving many customers from USA, ...
The MPs called for a national recovery programme to improve language skills.
Ms Gough said the new year was the perfect time for budding linguists to get started.
"It is fantastic that many of us hope to brush up on our language skills in 2018," said Ms Gough.
"The languages we are most keen to learn are some of the languages the UK needs most.
"But the country is still facing a languages deficit."