A Finn and a Spaniard walk into a bar. How do they strike up a conversation? It would be exceptional for either to speak each other's language. And it would be rare for both to be fluent enough in French, German, Esperanto or Russian – all languages which once had the ambition to become Europe's lingua franca.
We caught up with Ilan Stavans, Editor in Chief of Oxford Bibliographies in Latino Studies, to discuss his recent New York Times editorial, the use of the Spanish language in the United States, and why Spanish isn’t a foreign language in the US.
But Cambridge head warns that perceived isolation from neighbours is ‘biggest challenge’.
"The University of Cambridge is an inclusive, diverse and welcoming community." says Sir Leszek Borysiewicz.
Professor Wendy Ayres-Bennett said a 'basic understanding' in other community languages would help social cohesion in the UK.
Speaking a foreign language remains vitally important in the Brexit era, says Wendy Ayres-Bennett.