The British government kind of just failed its own language test for immigrants

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The British government is being mocked on social media after misspelling a major announcement about an English language test they're imposing on some immigrants.


A press release from the government's Home Office, sent to journalists at major news outlets, announced "A new langauge [sic] test for family route migrants."

Brits immediately took to Twitter to call the Home Office out on their mistake:


“All of us are open to mistakes at times. The Prime Minister is fully confident that his team speak English competently," a spokesperson for Cameron told The Telegraph.


The new test would apply to the spouses of immigrants and requires them to pass an exam of their English language skills after being in the country for two and a half years, the BBC reports. Prime Minister David Cameron thinks a lack of English language skills makes people "more susceptible to the extremist message," he told the BBC.

Cameron also announced earlier this week that the government will spend $28.6 million on an English education fund for women who are recent immigrants. While that's been welcomed by community groups including the Muslim Council of Britain, the Washington Post reports, he has been criticized for particularly singling out Muslim women as the target of the new test policy (though it would not just apply to them).