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Old 11-24-2016, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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I'm surprised Malta didn't make the cut. Actually I'm not. Those articles made of lists are subjective. English is spoken by about 88% of the Maltese people. In fact, my wife and I are considering Malta for retirement. The weather is glorious year round, it's affordable with a high standard of living, and there isn't an immediate need to learn another language.
That surprised me as well
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Old 11-24-2016, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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I thought this was a cool slideshow and informative...there was a few countries I never really would have guessed and has piqued my curiosity in them. Since at my age I also never plan to learn another language other than some basic Spanish that I work on...it's good for me, and some others as well I hope.


Top 20 countries where English travels well
Despite some snarky replies I could have done without reading, thanks for posting that. I found it interesting
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Old 11-24-2016, 10:02 AM
 
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English is also an official language in Hong Kong and well... It's certainly not spoken by everyone... Quite to the contrary.
If Hong Kong is the same as mainland China, all street and traffic signs, bus and taxi information, public announcements are all made in English as well as in Chinese. That is a big advantage. I believe S Korea and Jaoan are the same?
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Old 11-24-2016, 01:12 PM
 
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How boring. Try going someplace where no one speaks english, and have a bit of adventure. One place with no english is quite close - the Charlevoix region of Quebec. Ordered meals by pointing...
Get over yourself. If you don't have any interest in traveling to English speaking countries, then don't. But plenty of people want to do just that. A language barrier is just too much for many folks to deal with when traveling. Nothing wrong with that either.
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Old 11-24-2016, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Portugal
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If Hong Kong is the same as mainland China, all street and traffic signs, bus and taxi information, public announcements are all made in English as well as in Chinese. That is a big advantage. I believe S Korea and Jaoan are the same?
In the bigger cities with more foreign visitors.

Usually the farther away you get the less you see English.
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Old 11-24-2016, 05:17 PM
 
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Get over yourself. If you don't have any interest in traveling to English speaking countries, then don't. But plenty of people want to do just that. A language barrier is just too much for many folks to deal with when traveling. Nothing wrong with that either.
Who said anything about not visiting english speaking countries? How provincial of you. And you can, and will, have language barriers with some of the countries on the list. You remind me of the folks I know who think they're world travelers because they've been to Italy and France, and have no desire to go anywhere else. After all, UK drives on the other side of the road. Can't do that. Or the folks that will only do organized tours. But your loss.
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Old 11-25-2016, 01:54 AM
 
Location: Portugal
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If someone travels internationally often and visits many different countries, they are a world traveler regardless of whether it is on organized tours or not.
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Old 11-25-2016, 07:25 AM
 
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In Cambodia, around Angkor Wat, not only do the people speak English, they prefer US dollars to their riel. ATMs in Siem Rep offer money in riel or US dollars for those not from the USA.
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Old 11-25-2016, 09:02 AM
 
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Here is the link starting with slide #1 to save you a bit of clicking

Top 20 countries where English travels well
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Old 11-25-2016, 09:34 AM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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How boring. Try going someplace where no one speaks english, and have a bit of adventure. One place with no english is quite close - the Charlevoix region of Quebec. Ordered meals by pointing...
I had to do this once in downtown Los Angeles in addition to speaking Spanish.......

Ironically the Mexican beach resorts are some of the best international destinations for English-only tourists. Everyone seems to speak English in Cancun.
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