Britain doesn’t like learning languages. Year on year the numbers taking languages at school have fallen, leading to Britain regularly being placed at the bottom of European surveys into language proficiency. This year alone, German A-Level takers were down by 14.53% and French learners by 9.9%. This is often explained by citing a lack of motivation for learning foreign languages - it’s because we’re learning them in the wrong way. [...] In a way, it’s very Anglo-centric – the focus is on how we can say English things in a different language.
Instead, we ought to learn the joys and peculiarities of another culture, rather than ironing them out.
Via Nicos Sifakis