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Old 03-17-2012, 01:07 AM
 
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Default Latin American countries where English is widely spoken

Which countries in Latin America is English widely spoken?
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Old 03-17-2012, 01:22 AM
 
Location: Macao
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Just in the English-speaking countries - Belize, etc.

In the Spanish-speaking ones and prtuguese-speaking one, you'll have a difficult time without some if the basics. Mexico will probably be the exception, in the areas where many Americans might go, anyways.
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Old 03-17-2012, 03:17 AM
 
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Guyana, English is actually the Official language there. It's the only British colony in South America.
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Old 03-17-2012, 03:18 AM
 
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Guyana, Belize, that's really it other than border cities in Mexico where many businesses/merchants speak english.
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Old 03-17-2012, 03:20 AM
 
Location: Near Tours, France about 4710'N 025'E
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Just in the English-speaking countries - Belize, etc.

In the Spanish-speaking ones and prtuguese-speaking one, you'll have a difficult time without some if the basics. Mexico will probably be the exception, in the areas where many Americans might go, anyways.

By definition, Belize, Jamaica, Guyana, are not part of latin-America.
I don't think English is much spoken in most of latin America. I think that in the places full of north Americans such as Cancun most people could know some English. I never took any attention of how English is spoken when I've been to Mexico, Costa Rica or Argentina, since I can speak Spanish. And a lot of people could speak french where I have been in Dominican Republic.
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Old 03-17-2012, 03:30 AM
 
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Puerto Rico.
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Old 03-17-2012, 07:07 AM
 
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Cuba.
If you flash 20 CUCS, everybody will speak the Queen's English.
You also find a lot of people that speak German and Russian.
Never heard any tourists complaining about language issues.
Thanks to their "internationalistic" past, you will find people fluent in the strangest languages such as Mongolian, Amharic, Czech, etc.
English appeared from nowhere, the official teaching of that language was forbidden during 30 years in favour of Russian.

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Old 03-17-2012, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Venezuela is the Latin American country where I found the most people who could speak English, by a pretty wide margin over any others. A lot of Venezuelans have been to Miami, at least on vacations, and the Miami Herald is easy to find there and well read. In all other Latin American countries, you can travel for days without encountering a single person who can speak English.

I lived in Chile for a year, and never met a single Chilean who could speak English, except a travel agent and maybe somebody on he staff of a hotel that has a couple of stars. I could count on my fingers the number of people I met in three yeas in South America who could speak English.
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Old 03-17-2012, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Santaluz - San Diego, CA
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Like the others mentioned, there aren't many countries in South America or Latin American where much English is spoken on a wide scale level.

I've been to just about every country in South America and lived in Rio, Buenos Aires and Uruguay and although the highly educated in these places mostly speak English, the everyday common person on the street doesn't.
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Old 03-17-2012, 08:08 PM
 
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I seem to recall reading of a town in Colombia that was settled by English. It looks like I might be thinking of San Andres and Providencia Island.

San Andres Island confronting modernity - Columns - JamaicaObserver.com

Would the Panama Canal Zone still have a fair amount of Americans? Or Panama in general for that matter? It seemed like Costa Rica had some US immigrants or wealthy people who bought a second home there. I believe the US occupied the Dominican Republic for awhile and they're in an area of linguistic diversity. Still they might not work.

Otherwise Belize and Guyana if you count them.
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