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  1/22/2013, Shevat 11, 5773

27% of the Public has Trouble Filling out Hebrew Forms


A social survey, released, Tuesday, by the Central Bureau of Statistics, indicates that 27 percent of the population has difficulty filling out forms or writing official letters in Hebrew.  The survey also found that the employment rate increases with the level of mastering Hebrew: Eighty percent of those aged 25-54 with a very good level of Hebrew are employed, compared to 50% who have difficulty reading Hebrew and 30% among those who have difficulty speaking the language.

The survey also found out that there are 1.44 million speakers of Arabic, 1.2 million Russian speakers and about 160 thousand people who have mastery over Yiddish. Thirty-six languages are spoken in Israel, which is considered a world record, certainly for a country this size.