English is the most commonly studied and spoken language in the European Union, as declared by the survey conveyed by Eurostat, the statistical Office of the European Union on the occasion of the European Day of Languages on 26 September. 83% of European pupils at a primary and lower secondary level and 94% of pupils in the upper secondary level study English as a foreign language. The second most commonly studied foreign language at both primary and lower secondary level and upper secondary level was French (19% of pupils in primary and lower secondary level and 23% in upper secondary), followed by German (9% and 21%) and Spanish (6% and 18%).
English is the most commonly studied language also amongst youth in the Czech Republic. 80% pupils at primary and 88% pupils on the upper secondary level study English. German comes second with 14% of pupils studying German at the lower and 67% pupils on the upper secondary level.
English was also declared as the best spoken language among the adult population between 25 and 64, followed by Russian and German language. Amongst the Czech adults, English is considered to be the best-spoken foreign language. 22% of those speaking English claim their knowledge is proficient, 42% claim it is good and 37% consider their English fair. Additionally, 69% of the Czech population state they know at least one foreign language.
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19th June 2018