MORE than 60 per cent of young people believe it is more important to learn English than Chinese, according to a survey. But many said they could not cope well with either language. About 60 per cent considered their command of English was either not very good or very bad. Forty per cent were dissatisfied with their Chinese language ability. Around 65 per cent said they rarely spoke English in school and one quarter had private tutorials for English. One in 10 had tutorials for Chinese. The survey also found young people rarely read fiction. In the past three months, the respondents on average read about five Chinese books and three English books. Inadequate understanding of grammar and difficulty in vocabulary and spoken English were the main barriers for young people learning English. Most considered vocabulary and difficulties with antiquated Chinese as the most common problems in learning Chinese. A member of the Advisory Committee on Teacher Education and Qualifications, Pauline Chow Law-sai, said that teachers' education needed to be improved. She said there was no system for teaching Chinese and English grammar, while the needs of individual students were often neglected, because teachers commonly adopted a textbook-orientated approach. The survey, commissioned by the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, polled 537 people aged between 10 and 24.