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How many Ukrainians speak English?

The Ukrainian government is trying to actively promote the English language in Ukraine. Find out how many Ukrainians do not know any foreign languages and how many are fluent in English

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Ukraine should speak the same language with the world - this slogan is supported by both the Ukrainian government and Ukrainians themselves, as the process of European integration is impossible without the active promotion of English in Ukraine. To make it easier and more convenient for Ukrainians to learn English, the government has launched a new national program called Future Perfect. But what is the current situation with foreign languages in Ukraine - we will tell you further in the article with reference to the KIIS sociological survey.


How many foreign languages do Ukrainians know?


According to the survey:

- 40% of respondents know one foreign language;

- 23% know 2 foreign languages

- 6% know three or more languages;

- 31% of respondents do not know any foreign languages.


The most popular foreign languages in Ukraine are:


- English (40%)

- Polish (22%)

- German (14%);

- French (7%);

- Spanish (3%);

- Hungarian (2%);

- Turkish (1%).


Where is English needed in Ukraine?


According to the survey, Ukrainians most often use English in everyday life to:


- reading texts or messages (45%);

- communicating at the household level (39%)

- correspondence (31%);

- maintaining a professional conversation (30%).


At the same time, 61% of Ukrainians said that they have used English in their lives at least once in the last six months. In particular, when communicating with friends, at work, at school, or while traveling.


At the same time, 93% of adults with children want their children to improve their English skills. This indicates a high level of consciousness among Ukrainians, including in matters of the country's future.


It should be reminded that some foreign tourists who visited Ukraine during the war faced a language barrier in Ukraine and could not communicate freely with Ukrainians in English. Read more about the experience of foreigners in Ukraine here.




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Learning English in Ukraine: incentives and obstacles


Sociologists have told us what prevents Ukrainians from learning foreign languages the most. The most common reasons are:


- Lack of time (38%);

- having more important life priorities (34%);

- lack of finances (33%);

- Lack of motivation (31%);

- lack of practical need (25%).


At the same time, Ukrainians consider the following to be incentives to learn foreign languages


- greater travel opportunities (43%);

- the opportunity to gain new knowledge (36%);

- more diverse leisure activities, including books, movies, and music (33%)

- the opportunity to work in international companies (31%).


We remind you! Access to quality education makes women more independent and economically resilient. In particular, the Projector Foundation, together with the EU, announces the start of recruitment for free online training of Ukrainian women abroad in highly paid IT professions. Read more about how to participate and start studying in our previous article.


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