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1 The Importance of Languages How many languages are spoken throughout the world? More than 500 Just over 6,500

2 In London alone, more than 300 languages are spoken.

3 The proportion of the world which does not speak English as its first language is:- 1% 25% 74% 94%

4 What proportion of the world speaks no English at all? 75% 60% 50% 25% 75%

5 How many UK companies are losing business because of language barriers? 1 out of every out of every 50 1 out of every 5

6 English is not enough!

7 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

8 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

9 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.

10 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!

11 Why French? According to employers, the languages which most companies want are:- 1stFrench 2ndGerman

12 French is spoken as a native language in:- FranceLuxembourgMonaco SwitzerlandCanada ( Quebec) GuadeloupeMartiniqueBenin GuineaMaliIvory Coast NigerSenegalTogo French GuianaCentral African Republic Burkina FasoCongoGabon La RéunionNew CaledoniaHaiti French PolynesiaSaint PierreMayotte

13 French is the only 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

14 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

15 France is visited by more tourists than any other country in the world The Eiffel Tower is the most visited tourist attraction in the world

16 The following people have one thing in common … They all speak French !

17 Johnny Depp

18 Orlando Bloom

19 Jarvis Cocker

20 Ellen Macarthur

21 Robin Williams

22 Mick Jagger

23 Uma Thurman

24 John Travolta

25 Tina Turner

26 Elton John

27 Sol Campbell

28 Davina McCall

29 Jamie Oliver

30 Madonna

31 Matthew Perry

32 Lisa Kudrow

33 Arnold Schwarzenegger

34 Kylie Minogue

35 Which other celebrities speak foreign languages?

36 Jonathan Ross Russian

37 Lucy Liu Japanese and Chinese Mandarin

38 Gary Lineker Spanish and Japanese

39 Gwyneth Paltrow Spanish and Italian

40 J K Rowling French, Spanish and Portugese

41 Arsene Wenger English German Italian Japanese Spanish

42 Christopher Lee French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Greek and Swedish


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