Revealed: The Best Countries in the World for Foreign Language Learning: Luxembourg best

Revealed: The Best Countries in the World for Foreign Language Learning: Luxembourg best

01.04.2021: The Worldwide Language Index analyzes 30 countries to uncover those that offer the best environment for language learning • Luxembourg ranks first in the index as the best country for language learning, scoring maximum points in the Official Lang


The Worldwide Language Index analyzes 30 countries to uncover those that offer the best environment for language learning
 


•    Luxembourg ranks first in the index as the best country for language learning, scoring maximum points in the Official Languages, Language Learning at School, and Level of Command of Best-Known Foreign Language categories


•    Nordic countries like Sweden, Denmark and Finland make the top 10 worldwide, as do Mediterranean countries such as Spain and Cyprus


•    The USA ranks 30th - last place in the index - for language learning, despite having the highest number of spoken languages
 




Preply, the digital learning platform, has launched the Worldwide Language Index which analyzes 30 countries according to 18 factors that indicate a supportive language learning environment.



The factors included were split across the following seven categories: the number of official languages; the degree of multilingualism; language learning at school; level of command of best known foreign language; access to language learning through technology; subtitles, and voiceover, and language diversity. The results from each category were weighted equally and each country was given an overall ranking from 1 to 30 based on their scores.
 


Luxembourg places first in the ranking, scoring a perfect ten in three out of seven categories. Sweden and Cyprus follow closely behind in second and third place, while Malta, Denmark, the Netherlands, Finland, Slovenia, Spain and Estonia all make the top 10. At the other end of the list, the U.S. finishes bottom of the pack, narrowly behind Italy.
 

“Learning a second language is a skill that requires time, dedication, and effort.  Citizens born into countries with foreign language learning part of the national framework have a tremendous advantage. This study aims to reveal which countries rank best in Europe and beyond in offering their citizens the best chance at improving their foreign language portfolio and enhancing their personal and career development prospects”  says Kirill Bigai, CEO of Preply.
 



The Top 10 Countries with the Best Language Learning Environment


Rank    Country    Foreign Language Learning  Language Learning at school    Access to Language Learning through Technology    Subtitles, dubbing and voice-over    Final


Score


1    Luxembourg    62.8    100.0    83.8    25.0    100.0
2    Sweden    90.6    94.0    81.9    100.0    76.1
3    Cyprus    100.0    100.0    37.1    100.0    73.3
4    Malta    75.2    99.8    40.2    25.0    65.7
5    Denmark    75.8    86.6    93.8    100.0    63.7
6    Netherlands    68.1    44.1    100.0    100.0    60.8
7    Finland    60.5    74.0    60.5    100.0    60.2
8    Slovenia    59.5    79.4    37.3    100.0    55.6
9    Spain    50.9    99.7    63.3    25.0    48.1
10    Estonia    69.5    72.2    42.5    100.0    45.9
 



*This list is an extraction of a greater study. A complete overview of all data, methodology and sources can be found here.
 



Research reveals that subtitles are one of the most effective ways to enhance foreign language retention by providing a triple connecting between sound, language and text (Talavan, 2006). Unlike dubbing and voiceover, subtitles necessitate engagement on the part of the viewer.


Subtitles also improve our phonetic understanding – this enhances our ability to identify different accents (Max Planck Institute, 2009).



This explains why a handful of the countries in the study, such as the Netherlands, Finland and Estonia, rank high overall despite comparatively few children learning a foreign language at primary school.
 




Further insights:



•    Almost every country in the top 10 uses subtitles, with the exception of Luxembourg, Malta, and Spain.

•    Cyrus ranks highest for foreign language learning, followed by Sweden and Denmark.

•    The Netherlands ranks sixth, with the low percentage of children learning a foreign language in primary school offset by the use of subtitles.

•    Luxembourgians have the highest command of a second language, followed by Swedes.

•    Spain ranks in ninth place despite almost all children learning a foreign language at school.

•    The Netherlands ranks highest in the top 10 for access to technology, followed by Denmark.

•    Cyprus ranks lowest in the top 10 for access to technology, followed by Slovenia.
 


All data and graphics may be used by third parties with a reference to the source:
https://preply.com/en/d/global-worldwide-language-index--lp



 
About Preply: Preply is an online learning platform, connecting a global network of tens of thousands of active learners and 15,000 verified tutors to study and teach over 50 languages. With tutor and student matches being made through a machine-learning algorithm, recommended tutors create customised lesson plans to suit the learner’s budget, schedule and current knowledge.


To date, students from 150 countries have taken over two million classes from teachers based in 110 countries. Preply was founded in 2013 by Ukrainian based cofounders Kirill Bigai, Dmytro Voloshyn, and Serge Lukyanov. The company has since raised over USD $15 million and has 145 employees of 25 nationalities working across offices in Kyiv and Barcelona.




Dominic Walker

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