Spanish is on the increase, French is on the decrease and German is hardly being learned at all in UK schools.
80% of all 15 – 30 year olds in the EU speak at least one foreign language, in the UK only 32% of 15 – 30 year olds speak a foreign language.
Learning a foreign language has almost become a forgotten skill, yet it opens doors to other cultures, makes the speaker stand out and hugely enhances employability. According to a recent study, German is the most sought after foreign language amongst employers in the UK. After all, the language spoken by the largest number of people as their mother tongue in the EU is German.
Where does that leave the UK after Brexit? Assuming Brexit goes ahead, foreign languages become even more important to avoid the UK becoming isolated. Not being able to understand foreign cultures closes doors in the world of business and prevents access to markets.
After Brexit, learning another language, especially German, seems to become even more indispensable.