- 71% of Americans and 61% of Britons believe being multilingual makes a person more attractive
- Around a quarter of Americans and Britons think being monolingual has held them back professionally
- One in eight admits to exaggerating their language skills on a resume
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How it breaks down
- 71% of Americans and 64% of Britons believe speaking more than one language makes a person seem more attractive.
- Nine out of ten Americans, and the same number of Britons, confess they would learn a language in the pursuit of love.
- One in eight Americans (12%) admit to having exaggerated their language skills on a resume to impress potential employers.
- Over a quarter (26%) feel that a lack of language skills has held them back professionally.
- French is the top second-language that Americans perceive as making someone seem intelligent (37%), followed by German (19%).
- Nearly half of Americans (40%) view Russian as the most difficult language to learn.
- Almost two-thirds (64%) feel that Spanish is the easiest to pick up.
- One in eight Britons (13%) admit to having exaggerated their language skills on a resume to impress potential employers.
- Nearly a quarter of Britons (23%) feel that a lack of language skills has held them back professionally.
- Russian is the second-language that most Britons perceive as making someone seem intelligent (32%), followed by French (21%), and German (17%).
- Nearly half of Brits (45%) view Russian as the most difficult language to learn.
- Just over a third (36%) feel that French is the easiest to pick up, followed by Spanish (28%).
- Men (USA 53%, UK 55%) are considerably more likely to dream about a romance with a foreigner than women (USA 49%, UK 43%).
- Men (USA 73%, UK 68%) are also much more inclined than women (USA 65%, UK 57%) to believe that speaking a second language makes them more attractive.
- In both the US and the UK, people under 45 are much more likely to have dreamed about a romance with a foreigner (USA 71%, UK 70%) than those over 45 (USA 46%, UK 40%).
- They are also much more likely to have exaggerated their linguistic skills on their resume (Under 45: USA 20%, UK 21% ; Over 45: USA 8%, UK 9%).