I noticed the Olympic opening ceremonies were announced in English and French, is it common in England to have or offer both?
Or, is it just a tradition or courtesy to use both? I realize France is right nearby, and I am sure people travel between the countries often. I know French used to be the diplomatic language. Almost everyone my parent’s age studied French as a second language here in America if they studied another language, but right about the time I was in high school more and more people were studying Spanish.
So, I was wondering, do most people in the UK speak some French? Is that the most common second language there?
When you call businesses or government agencies and an electronic system answers, is there commonly a choice for English and French? In America many businesses like utilities, or government agencies have an option for Spanish.