Questão 14

Bilingualism 
 
Residents of the European Union (EU) are becoming better and better at languages. Almost 50 percent of the EU population reckon they can speak at least one foreign language very well, with that figure rising to nearly 80 percent for students. To celebrate its linguistic diversity and bilingual, trilingual or multilingual capabilities, a special day is set aside in the EU. September 26 is the European Day of Languages. The day’s website cites a Slovak proverb that says: “The number of languages you speak is the number of times you are human”. This aims to encourage all Europeans to brush up on and advance their language skills. The website predicts that Europe’s young generation “will fully contribute to enriching Europe’s multilingual society”. 
The results of the “Eurobarometer” survey put Luxembourgers at the top of the language ability list. An amazing 99 percent of the Luxembourgish population is at least bilingual. Those with the poorest language skills are the Hungarians (29 percent) and British (30 percent). The survey also shows that English is the most widely spoken foreign language, used by more than a third of the population. It is followed by German (12 percent), which has for the first time usurped French (11 percent) for the second spot. European enlargement to incorporate former communist countries has elevated Russian to fourth place − tied with Spanish. The EU spends $36 million a year on language programs. 
 
(http://breakingnewsenglish.com - Adaptado de SOE) 
 
Write V (true) or F (false) according to what you have read. 
a)
V
F
Europeans are becoming increasingly better at other languages. 
b)
V
F
Eighty percent of European students are bilingual. 
c)
V
F
September 26 is the official European Day for the English language. 
d)
V
F
A European proverb says you are not human unless you are bilingual. 
e)
V
F
Ninety-nine percent of Luxembourgers are at least bilingual. 
f)
V
F
Britons are amongst the top of bilingual speakers. 
g)
V
F
French is the  lingua franca among Europeans. 
h)
V
F
Russian has lost ground on other European languages. 
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