The pie charts present the percentage of British undergraduates in England
who were capable of speaking different languages apart from English in the
year 2000 and 2010.
Overall, while the proportion of students that cannot speak any other
language or can only speak French and German decreased or remained
unchanged, the figure for those who speak only Spanish, another language or
two other languages increased.
It can be seen that from the second position in 2000, the percentage of
British undergraduates who can only speak their mother tongue dropped by a
half from 20% to only 10% in 2010, which was also the lowest number in
2010. The figure for those who knew only French also showed a decline of
5%, which made it equal that of the no-other-language speakers in 2010.
Interestingly, German speakers remained stable at 10% of the total British
students investigated during the period.
However, an opposite trend can be found in the remaining groups. In fact,
Spanish speakers maintained their position as the most popular group with
30% in 2000 and 35% in the next ten years. British students speaking
another language or two other languages each experienced a 5% rise to 20%
and 15%, respectively in 2010.