Learning Foreign Language Is Aalreet
Monday, 10 May 2010
Geordies are the most likely tourists to try and speak a foreign language while on holiday.
In a nationwide poll conducted by low fares airline, easyJet, more than 74 per cent of people from Newcastle confirmed that they attempt the basics of the local lingo when it comes to saying hello, asking for directions and when ordering a drink at the bar.
In a bid to further encourage Geordies and give them the top foreign phrases to get by abroad, a free mass language lesson is being conducted at Greys Monument in Newcastle City Centre on Tuesday 11 May between 10:30 - 12:00pm.
Representatives from Routes into Languages and easyJet will be on hand to help teach Geordies key French and Spanish phrases in time for their summer holiday.
Sophie Dekkers, easyJet's commercial manager, explains: "We're an airline that wants its passengers to get the most out of their chosen destination and we were really encouraged by the enthusiasm shown by people in Newcastle when it came to learning the local lingo for their summer holiday.
"To support them in their foreign language endeavours we have teamed up with Newcastle University to host a mass language lesson. This is a fun, free for all lesson to provide people with basic language skills in French and Spanish. And for fun we've also translated some phrases that are much closer to home such as 'why aye' and 'here man get away'!"
easyJet is also providing a free language translation card for anyone travelling with them from Newcastle Airport to any of its Spanish and French destinations to help customers practise while on route to their summer holiday.
Ruth O'Rourke, project manager at Routes into Languages, continues: "A little language goes a long way. We know that linguists are more successful in the job market in terms of employment and salary, are great communicators, and we are apparently more attractive to other people. Languages can be really fun and exciting too. So just a few phrases for the holiday will surely bring much in return!"
Not only is learning a foreign language a benefit to you when on your summer holiday it can increase job prospects and there are also signs that it offers health benefits too.
Dr Susanne Sorensen, head of research at Alzheimer's Society, added: "We recommend that people stay socially active as well as leading a healthy lifestyle and taking regular exercise, as this can help reduce your risk of developing dementia. There is also research to suggest that if you started learning a language early enough, this could make you less likely to develop dementia later in life."
To date easyJet, the UK's largest and best value airline, has flown more than 11 million passengers from Newcastle Airport since its arrival in 2001. It currently operates 30 flights every week to 16 destinations including, Alicante, Paris, Malaga, Faro, Nice and Malta.
Alzheimer's Society is easyJet's charity of the year for 2010. As a charity, Alzheimer's Society relies on the generosity of people like easyJet staff and passengers to care for people with dementia today and find a cure for tomorrow.
Alzheimer's Society will receive donations from summer onboard collections where passengers will be asked to donate their spare foreign change to support the charity.
Below are the French and Spanish phrases that will be taught on Tuesday 11 May, 10:30am - 12:00pm at Greys Monument, Newcastle City Centre.
Key French phrases include:
Thank you: merci
Goodbye: au revoir
Eating and drinking!
Where is good to eat around here?: Il y a un bon restaurant dans les parages?
Please can I order a beer?: Est-ce que je peux avoir une bière s'il vous plaît ?
For getting about!
How much is a taxi?: C'est combien un taxi?
Where is the train station/bus station/ferry?: Où est la gare / la gare routière / le ferry ?
How much is this?: C'est combien?
Where is the supermarket?: Où est le supermarché?
here man get away = no way : arrête de déconner
nar a dont think so like = no : non, ça va pas être possible
why aye = yes: oui
Key Spanish phrases:
Please: Por favor
Thank you: ¡Muchas gracias!
Eating and drinking!
Where is good to eat around here?: ¿Dónde hay un buen restaurante por aquí?
Please can I order a beer? : Una cerveza, por favor.
For getting about!
How much is a taxi? : ¿Cuánto cuesta un taxi?
Where is the train station/bus station/ferry? : ¿Dónde queda / está la estación de autobuses / el ferry?
How much is this? : ¿Cuánto es?
Where is the supermarket? : ¿Dondé está / queda el supermercado?
Here man get away = no way : ¡Por supuesto que no!
Nar a dont think so like = no : No creo
Why aye = yes : Sí / ¡Claro!
easyJet surveyed a random sample of 1,023 UK residents were asked last week (4 - 7 May) whether they attempted to speak the local language while on their summer holiday and if so what phrases they attempted.