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February 10, 2018 Apps No Comments Email Email

Summer is synonymous with sun, surf, socialising and – in January especially – stepping up your fitness regime after the Christmas blow-out. those thinking of making fitness their top goal for 2018 might want to think again: A new global survey by Babbel, the world’s top- grossing language learning app, and premium dating site EliteSingles, reveals that for Australians, fitness and looks aren’t as important as language and personality. Nearly all (98%) the respondents said they would prefer to date a partner with foreign language and conversational skills over one with a 6-pack.

Anyone who’s already got rock-hard abs should fear not – a quarter (25%) would take body over mind for just one date. So, while all that hard work may not have been in vain, just make sure you have the personality to back it up if you want to land a second date. The survey of 6,000 Babbel and EliteSingles users shows that personality (53%) tops the list of attractive qualities in a partner, followed by intelligence (24%) then appearance (18%).

Under personality traits, the majority (84%) of Australians say they find the ability to speak another language attractive. Why? Because Aussies find other cultures interesting (34%), they’re attracted to the mystery of another language (23%), and it demonstrates intelligence in a partner (15%).
When asked to rank the most attractive languages, French (45%) was the clear winner, followed by Italian (29%), Spanish (24%), and German (19%), with Swedish (11%) rounding out the top five. Accents were popular too: the most attractive accent to Aussie ears is French (46%), followed by Irish (34%), then Italian (30%).

While just over half (53%) Australian respondents said they’re able to speak more than one language, the benefits this skill could bring are clear – three quarters (74%) would use their language skills to impress a date and two thirds (68%) would learn a language to improve their love lives. At nearly half, men (46%) are more likely to learn a new lingo to up their dating game than women, at just a third (36%).

Perhaps not surprisingly then, when it comes to new year’s resolutions, learning a language (48%) is a more popular choice than joining the gym (34%). Women are more likely (53%) to take the pledge than men (41%) and are also twice as likely (26%) as men (11%) to stick at it for more than 12 months, or until they master their new language.

The sexes are also very divided about what’s important in the looks department, when it all boils down to that: Women place the most value on eyes (62%) and height (57%), followed by haircut and colour (50%), and overall grooming (21%). Men, on the other hand, put dress sense and style (70%) at the top of their list, with an athletic build or 6-pack (56%) in close second, then grooming (13%), and eyes (8%) much further behind.

“Being able to communicate is fundamental to human interaction,” explains Joseph Troutt, Babbel Country Manager for Australia. “That’s why we created our courses to get people speaking from the very start. It’s no surprise that in 2018, in the global society that we all live in, being able to speak other languages is such an important quality in a partner. Babbel is here to help people improve themselves – and if that means their love lives too, then that’s great.”

Sophie Watson, spokesperson for EliteSingles, agreed, saying that “connection and great communication are vital parts of a first date – especially if you want to land a second one.’’ She adds ‘’this survey goes to prove what we and our members have long known – the body’s most attractive muscle is the mind!”

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