BRITISH exam board OCR claim that eight out of ten people wished they could speak a foreign language better.
The poll also found that people living in the south-east were much more likely to have tried to learn a foreign language than those in the north.
In London, 78% had tried learning another language, compared to 65% in Wales and the Midlands and 61% in the West Country.
In Scotland 74% said they had tried learning another language and 78% wished they were fluent - below the national average of 82%.
The research comes on the back of this year’s GCSE results showing a 14.4% fall in the number of French exam entries.