Getty imagesBritons refuse to learn a country's language due to them speaking English
Brits heading abroad barely know any of a country's language before travelling there on holiday, a survey has found.
Holiday Autos found that 27 per cent of holiday seekers don’t make any effort to learn the language due to ‘everyone speaking English’ as the main excuse.
And with many heading to English-speaking resorts in a foreign country, it seems they have a point.
Instead, travellers learn to get by with only fifteen words, as ‘yes’, ‘no’ and 'hello’ being some of the most popular phrases.
Over a third of travellers are said to know how to ask for a beer in a foreign language
Travellers heading to Spain however, only know a measly eight words before heading to the country.
Tellingly, over a third of travellers are said to know how to ask for a beer in a foreign language.
Yet there are ways around it, as many resort to using their smartphone or over-gesticulating to make themselves understood.
A spokesman for Holiday Autos remarked, “Brits seem to have the confidence to communicate while travelling without necessarily learning any of the native language.”
Getty imagesBritons prefer to use smartphones rather than learn a foreign language
The survey also found some of the most embarrassing mistakes made due to the language barrier.
One man attempted to ask for some jam whilst in France, only to be handed a condom to go with his croissant.
Another’s request was lost in translation after asking for a lemonade yet ending up with a newspaper.
Yet the best accident to emerge was one traveller who ended up being slapped around the face, despite not knowing what the confusion was.
Getty imagesBritons only speak eight words in a foreign language when in a different country
However, it can be easy to learn a new language before heading on holiday.
A new class offers to teach linguists in a dynamic way to speed up the process.
It’s even been found to have health benefits when it comes to knowing a foreign language.
Speaking just one other language could help stave off dementia by five years.