Do most Brits speak French?
French is the most commonly spoken foreign language in the UK – used by 15 per cent of people – followed by just over one-in-20 who can understand German. But almost every other major language such as Mandarin, Arabic and Japanese is alien to the vast majority of English speakers in Britain.
Is French more popular than English?
French is currently ranked sixth among world languages, after Mandarin Chinese, English, Spanish, Hindi and Arabic. But it is gaining speakers quickly and, the study reports, will be spoken by 750 million in 2050, up from 220 million today.
Why do Brits speak French?
After the Norman Conquest in 1066 French quickly replaced English in all domains associated with power. French was used at the royal court, by the clergy, the aristocracy, in law courts. But the vast majority of the population continued to speak English.
What do the French think of the English?
But it’s not all bad news, as there are many French people who like the English, with 36 per cent enjoying our politeness and good manners. A third of the French think the English produce great music, and three in 10 like our sense of humour.
Is French a dying language?
The French language is not dying, but rather, it is growing due to rising French-speaking populations namely oi Africa. Along with German, it’s one of the most important natively-spoken languages in the European Union, and despite being strictly controlled by the Acadamie Française, it’s evolving.
What are the top 3 languages spoken in the UK?
Top twenty languages spoken in England and Wales
- English (English or Welsh if in Wales). 92.3%
- Polish, 1.0%
- Panjabi, 0.5%
- Urdu, 0.5%
- Bengali (with Sylheti and Chatgaya), 0.4%
- Gujarati, 0.4%
- Arabic, 0.3%
- French, 0.3%