Not only do young people limit their job prospects, but they are also depriving themselves of making new friends and truly exploring new cultures.
Recent articles in the Sunday Times and the Independent highlight just how much language learning may impact Britain and its future generations.
Following the announcement of the recent A-Level results across the country, figures have shown a significant drop in traditional modern foreign languages like French and German. With the perception that everyone in the world speaks English, at least to some extent, young people no longer see the need to study languages. This may, however, be a common misconception. It is now more important than ever for teenagers and young adults to be brushing up on their language skills in order for Britain to remain globally competitive in the international market – especially considering that the UK economy is already losing £48 billion each year due to the lack of language skills.
But it’s not just about being competitive in the market, it is also a lack of awareness of other cultures. Their art and literature are readily at our disposal. Reading a translation of Goethe, Flaubert or Kafka just isn’t the same as exploring it in its original language.
With a multi-cultural workforce, we asked around the office what made people choose to learn a foreign language and how this has impacted their lives, both personally and professionally.
Below is a selection of our favourite quotes, which actually came from even further than just our employees.