Britons should learn Polish and Urdu to be more welcoming to immigrants, a Cambridge University professor has said.
Wendy Ayres-Bennett, professor of French philology and linguistics at the university, said it was ‘very important to think of integration as a two-way street.’
She has backed calls for immigrants to learn English once they arrive, but wants Brits to make more of an effort to adapt.
Yes, yes, we know the touchy feely goodie stuff. But which language is it that Britons should learn? There’re what, 300 odd serious contenders for being worth half a decade’s serious study out there. Should someone in Doncaster learn Polish, or Czech, Belarussian, Slovak, Ukrainian, Sorb, Wend, Serbo Croat, just to pick a few of the Slavic languages?