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How hard is living in Britain if you do not speak English?

19 August 2014 Last updated at 00:11 BST

There are almost a million people in the UK who are not conversant in the English language.

But how much does that matter?

BBC Newsnight has had first sight of a report, from the think tank Demos, which calls for a complete overhaul of the government's language training programme.

Jim Reed has been finding out what it is like to live in Britain without English.

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