Shy holiday Britons 'point at menus' to avoid foreign words

Over half of Britons who vacation overseas say they’ve pointed at a restaurant menu to keep away from having to pronounce non-English phrases, a survey suggests.

And nearly half stated they had been embarrassed at not having the ability to communicate the native language whereas away.

However 80% of greater than 1,700 individuals questioned for the British Council felt it was vital to be taught some phrases.

“Attempting out just a few phrases is the proper technique to get began,” stated Vicky Gough, British Council faculties advisor.

The Populus survey discovered 37% of British holidaymakers at all times tried to talk just a few phrases within the native language however 29% stated they had been too scared to attempt.

It additionally discovered that 36% felt responsible at asking locals to talk English, whereas:

  • 56% resorted to pointing at menus
  • 45% relied on the idea that every one locals would communicate English
  • 42% spoke English extra slowly and loudly
  • 15% even tried talking English in a overseas accent

A minority (15%) admitted to being so unwilling to attempt announcing phrases from different languages that they’d solely eat in British or quick meals eating places whereas abroad, relatively than sampling native delicacies.

The same quantity stated they most popular staying in self-contained resorts to keep away from native tradition.

‘Lacking out’

“It is nice that many people are keen to have a go at talking the native language whereas abroad,” stated Ms Gough.

“It is a significant gesture that may show you how to get probably the most out of your vacation.

“However too many people are nonetheless relying too closely on English alone. And, if this implies we’re lacking out on vacation, think about the impact that our lack of language expertise is having on the UK extra extensively.

“The truth is that having extra of us having the ability to communicate at the least just a little of a overseas language is sweet for the UK’s long-term competitiveness, notably because the nation involves reposition itself on the world stage.

“Talking different languages not solely provides you an understanding of different cultures however is sweet for enterprise and for all times too.

“Attempting out just a few phrases or phrases on vacation this summer season and inspiring our younger individuals to do the identical is the proper technique to get began.”

Round one in six of these polled stated they might communicate a overseas language to a excessive normal and simply over a 3rd might maintain a primary dialog.

Previous research by the British Council, the UK’s worldwide tradition and training organisation, has discovered that the UK has a scarcity of individuals capable of communicate the 10 most vital world languages, which is prone to hamper the nation’s future prosperity and world standing.


Revealed at Fri, 04 Aug 2017 00:03:47 +0000