Sorry is the only word

17th August 2007 at 01:00

YOU HAVE to admire the Poles' wild optimism. Polish will soon be replacing French as the most widely taught foreign language in British schools, according to a spokeswoman at the London embassy.

"In Britain, where Poles number around a million, Polish will soon become the most important second language," Kystyna Milewska told the delighted Polish media.

To back up her point, the Polish newspaper Metro talked to Anthony Ash from Liverpool, who is studying in Poland. "You need to learn Polish to get ahead. `Do you speak Polish?' is one of the first questions asked in interviews," he said.

Unfortunately, the figures have yet to back Ms Milewska's theory. Last year only 848 students in England took Polish GCSE, while 52,100 took Spanish, 84,800 took German and 209,800 took French.

Ms Milewska, we can only say, przepraszam ("sorry").

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