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Learn a thousand foreign words


Could you learn to speak 1,000 words from another language?

British people are lazy linguists – they don't tend to learn foreign languages. A campaign is now encouraging everyone in the UK to learn at least 1,000 words of another language.

The 1,000 Words Campaign follows concerns that the country is losing out on international trade and jobs because of poor language skills.

Rob and Finn discuss the benefits of learning a new language and look at vocabulary to do with becoming a linguist.

This week's question:

Which is the second most spoken language in England? Is it:

a) Polish

b) Urdu

c) French

(Source: 2011 UK Census)

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.


Learn a thousand foreign words

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people who study foreign languages or speak them very well

native language

language of a person's home country

to get by

to just have or know enough to do what you need to do


must be done


confidence in your value and in what you can do

to converse with

to have a conversation with

to give you the edge

to have an advantage

to master

to learn how to do something very well

to fit in

to feel like you belong to a group of people and are accepted by them



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