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Czy znasz polskiego? You've got the job!

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 01, 2013

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CZY znasz polskiego?

If you understand this, you could be in the running for a new job helping older Polish people in Gloucestershire.

Polish was yesterday declared England and Wales' second language.

Some 546,000 now speak it as their first language, twice as many as the country's third language, Punjabi.

There are now more than four million people in England and Wales who have a non-English mother tongue.

And in our county, the Gloucestershire Rural Community Council is on the look-out for a community agent to help older Polish people get the information and access to services that they need.

The 10-hour per week job is suitable for anyone who is "fluent in the Polish language" and if they are "committed to helping older people in Gloucestershire", according to the job advert.

Kate Darch, from the organisation, said: "Village and community agents are here to help people to make contact with agencies who are able to provide them with the service or services that they may need.

"The team offer a countywide free facilitated sign posting service, primarily to the over-50s, and are able to visit people in their own homes."

The role is one of 38 such agents who have a presence in more than 200 of the county's parishes.

They are jointly funded by Gloucestershire County Council and NHS Gloucestershire.

Interested job seekers will need to get their application in by Friday, February 15.

Anyone interested should contact the GRCC on 01452 528491.

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  • geraint2010  |  February 01 2013, 11:08AM

    Virtually ALL Welsh speakers, over the age of 5, are also fluent in English. Far better to have obligatory English lessons for all non-English speaking migrants rather than employing an army of people to pander to their every want and whim.

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  • galopede  |  February 01 2013, 10:19AM

    When I first read the reports about Polish being the second language, they said that Welsh speakers were included in the English speakers total as most speak English as well! So none of the Polish speakers speak any English? What was the saying? Lies, damned lies and statistics?

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  • Hubert1841  |  February 01 2013, 8:08AM

    Over 100 languages were listed as the predominant language in all London boroughs apart from in the capital, Richmond Upon Thames, and Hillingdon. The least commonly spoken language was Manx-Gaelic with just 33 speakers. TOP 20 LANGUAGES SPOKEN IN THE UK • English (English or Welsh if in Wales) 49,808,000 or 92.3% of the population • Polish 546,000 or 1% • Punjabi 273,000 or 0.5% • Urdu 269,000 or 0.5% • Bengali (with Sylheti and Chatgaya) 221,000 or 0.4% • Gujarati 213,000 or 0.4% • Arabic 159,000 or 0.3% • French 147,000 or 0.3% • All other Chinese (excludes Mandarin and Cantonese) 141,000 or 0.3% • Portuguese 133,000 or 0.2% • Spanish 120,000 or 0.2% • Tamil 101,000 or 0.2% • Turkish 99,000 or 0.2% • Italian 92,000 or 0.2% • Somali 86,000 or 0.2% • Lithuanian 85,000 or 0.2% • German 77,000 or 0.1% • Persian/Farsi 76,000 or 0.1% • Tagalog/Filipino 70,000 or 0.1% • Romanian 68,000 or 0.1% Statistics from the 2011 Census. However, this is quite controversial, as in 2004, the Welsh Language Board stated that 553,000 people could speak Welsh, to some degree, which would make it the second most spoken, and not Polish.

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