TONGUE-TIED

Living France - - Language -

If you find your­self strug­gling with your lan­guage skills when you go to France, you are not alone. A re­cent poll con­ducted by Hol­i­dayAu­tos.co.uk re­vealed that the av­er­age Brit knows only 15 words of French when they go on hol­i­day to France, although this is more than any other lan­guage, in­clud­ing Span­ish, where Bri­tish hol­i­day­mak­ers only knew an av­er­age of eight words. Un­sur­pris­ingly ‘hello’, ‘yes’ and ‘good­bye’ are the most com­mon words that are known in a for­eign lan­guage, fol­lowed by ‘thanks’, ‘no’ and ‘good morn­ing’. The sur­vey re­vealed that more than one in 20 have even re­sorted to draw­ing pic­tures and one in 10 have to rely on their smart­phone to make them­selves un­der­stood.

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