It seems to be a commonly-held belief in this country that there is no great need to learn a foreign language because everyone else speaks English. Whilst this theory may be true in Holland and the Scandanavian countries, it certainly doesn't apply to places such as France, Spain, Italy and Germany. For many British people, their experience of Europe is limited to airports and holiday resorts, these places obviously employ locals who are proficient in English. Perhaps this reinforces the stereotype that everyone knows our language. So, does this all filter down to our kids and discourage them from taking a foreign language at school?