Madrid cabbies to speak language of Shakespeare

25th January 2005, Comments 0 comments

25 January 2005, MADRID-Budding Madrid taxi drivers will have to be able to speak English if they want a licence to get behind the wheel, city hall authorities said.

25 January 2005

MADRID-Budding Madrid taxi drivers will have to be able to speak English if they want a licence to get behind the wheel, city hall authorities said.

The city authorities' edict, which will come into place "progressively over the course of this year," is linked to the Spanish capital's attempt to win the right to stage the 2012 Olympic Games.

Around 600,000 people a day take a taxi in the city.

Spanish schoolchildren are already being well versed in English, with education ministry statistics showing 96 percent of secondary school students learn the language of Shakespeare.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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