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Friday, 14 September 2012 09:35

Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own

For TOO long we have allowed to creep insidiously into the educational assumptions of this State the myth that "everyone speaks English" - simply not true of three-quarters of the world's people. And so the State continues to languish firmly at the bottom of the EU league table of multilingualism. A Eurobarometer survey (2006) found that while 56 per cent of EU citizens say they can converse in a language other than their mother tongue, in Ireland two-thirds say they can't speak another language.

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