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Thursday, May 02, 2019


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Hi Simon, I am following this blog for the past 8 years and I learnt a lot from your lessons. I must thank you from the bottom of my heart, your e book is also very useful.
I have a doubt in languages' chart task, in the question it is mentioned about British students at a university who can speak other languages in addition to English in a particular university and in the answer you wrote British university students
who can speak different languages in addition to English.
My doubt is, British students and British university students are not the same, anyone can be British university students and they need not be natives, whereas British students means they are particularly native speakers, is the answer acceptable. Please clarify
Kind Regards
Prasad Gandham

Please ignore 'in a particular university', as it is redundant.

Prasad Gandham

Re "British students at one university in England" as per heading in Task.

Here "British" would seem to refer to ethnicity.

"British university students" can be read as "British-university students" (students at British universities) or "British university-students" (university students of British ethnicity).

Either way, the terminology is too general, as the tables are about only one university in England, and do not reflect British students, or British university students in general; unless, of course, we infer that these sample results can properly be extrapolated over the whole student population.

The tables compare the proportions of British students who could speak in different languages in addition to English in the years 2000 and 2010.

It is noticeable that the vast majority of students were able to speak at least one foreign language, as well as English over the years given. Additionally, Spanish was the most widely spoken second language among the students.

In 2000, there were twice as many students in England who could speak only in English as in 2010. The proportion of students who were able to speak in French decreased from 15% to 10% over the period given. However, German was the language, in which the same proportions of students spoke in addition to English in both years, at 10%.

As for the greatest proportions, 30% of English students could speak in Spanish in 2000, while they accounted for 35% ten years later. By the 2010s, the proportions of students who learnt another language as their second one and those who could speak in two other languages had fallen by 5% each one.


"proportions" can refer to the relative sizes of people. https://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/proportions

"compare the proportions of British students": this might be read as comparing fat students with thin ones.

Oh, thank you, Zara)

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