BRITONS love to travel to exotic destinations, but don't expect them to speak the local lingo, a new study reveals.
The survey by online travel service travelsupermarket.com showed that more than half of Britons going abroad on holiday refuse to embrace local languages.
More than one in 10 of the 2'012 respondents said that they felt there was no point in learning foreign languages as everyone speaks English anyway. Although 16 per cent of tourists are still happy to holiday in foreign-speaking destinations nearly two-thirds (62 per cent), were embarrassed by their inability to speak another language.
Some 45 percent of respondents said locals have acted negatively towards them because they don't make the effort to communicate in the local language. Despite this negative attitude towards Britons, only four percent of those surveyed said their ideal holiday would be in an English-speaking country.
French was revealed to be the most widely spoken language with over a quarter of respondents (27 percent) saying they could speak enough to order a meal or hire a car.