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22 Feb, 6 tweets, 2 min read
Really interesting to hear what govt ministers think foreign language teaching is for.
Here's the top 10 languages spoken in the world:
Here is UK exports ranked by top three countries in which a language is natively spoken:
Here are the top non-English languages natively spoken by destinations to which Brits emigrate:
So - equally-weighting the ordinal ranking of these three criteria (# of people, UK exports, expat population) we arrive at this uber-scientific ranking.
I feel that Dutch is being overlooked in our NaTiONal CoNvERSation.

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