For every language you speak, you are a new person

Conducted in: 2018

Which languages are important in today’s business world? Will English continue to be dominant? How best to learn foreign languages? Those are just some of the main topics of a survey of language skills and preferences, that took place from June 11 to 29, 2018.

An invitation to complete the electronic questionnaire was received by readers of the electronic bulletin The Fleet Sheet's Final Word (Final Word) and users of the Facebook and Twitter social networks following the Final Word publisher. A total of 1,801 respondents participated in the survey. The survey was commissioned by MOOVEEZ Company, the creator of the language-education mobile app English with Mooveez.

Our Main Findings in Brief

The survey found that the mother tongue of the majority of respondents is Czech, but 94.4% state that they have a command of English. Of those, at least 86.8% declare that they have at least good knowledge of English. If we exclude Slovak, which most Czechs know on some level, the figures for the second most commonly acquired language, German, are considerably lower (63.1%), followed by Russian (59.1%). In terms of additional languages that participants would like to study further, 21.4% stated Spanish and 20.8% German, followed by interest in Italian (12.1%), French (10.7%) and Chinese (9.9%).

An overwhelming majority of respondents (92.0%) agreed that the common language in the business world for the next thirty years will be English, and that knowledge of it could even influence levels of future earnings. Moreover, a significant proportion of participants agreed that employers expect employees to know foreign languages, and thus language training in the workplace could be important and motivational for employees. Respondents considered knowledge of English and German to be most important, which corresponds to their declared language knowledge, even among top managers.

More than four-fifths of survey participants are of the opinion that modern technologies can be helpful in studying foreign languages. Surprisingly, the category of older respondents, over the age of 55, also showed an inclination toward using modern technologies. Across all age groups, the preferred forms of learning are private lessons with a tutor (37.8%) and regular contact with native speakers (35.6%). But almost the same share of participants expressed confidence in online learning programs, and 14.4% of all participants said they would like to start studying languages through an application on their mobile phone. Mobile telephones are considered useful tools primarily by younger participants of up to 44 years of age.

In language learning, traditional textbooks are still given priority, with 41.6% of respondents stating that they rely on them. More than one third, however, voted for learning with the aid of foreign-language films and songs, along with videos on YouTube and other information channels. It is, therefore, evident that language learning assisted by modern technologies does have a future, and not just with the younger generations.

You can find the complete survey report in the "Download" section below.

Kontakt: Simona Kopová

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