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Feb 28, 2017

Only six percent of Hungarian students learn two foreign languages during their teens

English is the most commonly studied language at lower secondary level in Hungary, followed by German in second place

Only six percent of Hungarian students learn two foreign languages during their teens, it has been revealed.

However, according to data released by Eurostat, almost all Hungarian lower secondary school pupils learnt one foreign language in 2015.

In fact, 90.5 percent of the 385,300 lower secondary school pupils in Hungary learnt one foreign language while six percent studied two or more.

According to MTI, the percentage of pupils learning two foreign languages was the lowest in the European Union. In neighboring Slovakia, the percentage stood at 78 percent while it was 65 percent in the Czech Republic and 94 percent in Poland.

The percentage of Hungarians who learn a second foreign language improves in upper secondary education, where the figure reached 37.6 percent in 2015, Eurostat data shows. Still, the percentage was lower than that in Slovakia (67 percent), the Czech Republic (50.5 percent) and Poland (69.8 percent).

English is the most commonly studied language at lower secondary level in Hungary, followed by German in second place.