Why learning a language is a lifelong process

The most widely spoken language in the UK is British English, and just 7% of the population are bilingual.

It’s often said that Britons are either unable to unwilling to learn second languages, but this might be because the UK and Ireland are the only two countries in the EU where it is not compulsory to learn a foreign language at school.

However, it doesn’t matter whether you are unilingual or a polygot – someone that speaks multiple languages – you will continue learning language for the rest of your life.

When people learn a new language, they often stop once they are proficient enough for their needs. For example, if you are going on holiday to Spain, you might need to ask for directions, order food, or make small talk. [Read more…]