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Old 02-19-2014, 07:57 AM
 
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I would think that anyone below 50 years old who had finished high school should be able to know basic English almost everywhere in Asia. Ironically, in my travels, I had been asked by a Vietnamese taxi driver to read aloud the Vietnamese address that I handed him. Good thing they use the Latin alphabet. He understood my pronunciation but I would say there may be some who are illiterate among older Asians and you might encounter them in less developed countries. I wouldn't be surprised if someone in India cannot read the English address in spite of India having many English speakers (although haven't taken a taxi at all in India).
Having taken taxis in China, I can tell you that the drivers (no matter what their age) can also read addresses written in Chinese but don't understand English at all (meaning they can't read it either).

 
Old 02-19-2014, 11:46 AM
 
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I would say people over 50 may not know English alphabets or any basic English words.
 
Old 02-19-2014, 11:48 AM
 
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Having taken taxis in China, I can tell you that the drivers (no matter what their age) can also read addresses written in Chinese but don't understand English at all (meaning they can't read it either).
taxi drivers are usually not that well educated. It is not surprising most of them don't read English, not to mention to speak or understand it.
 
Old 02-19-2014, 07:17 PM
 
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A little off-topic, but maybe of interest:

I visited my sister and her French husband in France, in 2000. Some of his family knew no English at all--they didn't need to. Being well-educated doesn't necessarily mean you know English.
 
Old 02-20-2014, 05:40 AM
 
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I visited my sister and her French husband in France, in 2000. Some of his family knew no English at all--they didn't need to. Being well-educated doesn't necessarily mean you know English.
I would say it depends on the age level of the relatives. People above the age of 40-50 (depending on the country) usually don't know English if they weren't well educated.
 
Old 02-20-2014, 07:11 AM
 
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I visited my sister and her French husband in France, in 2000. Some of his family knew no English at all--they didn't need to. Being well-educated doesn't necessarily mean you know English.
I agree that people don't need to know English, which is just the language of some countries, that's all.
But given the educational system in many countries, well educated people are most likely to know English.
 
Old 02-20-2014, 01:03 PM
 
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As an American, I'm appalled there are people in the world who don't know English.
 
Old 02-20-2014, 01:48 PM
 
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When I traveled to Italy, many people there spoke no word of English.
 
Old 02-21-2014, 08:07 PM
 
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Adhom, you're joking, right?
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