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Old 11-22-2016, 03:27 PM
 
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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
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Old 11-22-2016, 08:46 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...
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Old 11-23-2016, 08:39 AM
 
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I don't really find a total language barrier enjoyable it can be dangerous depending on where you are...and I like to be able to communicate, especially with women.
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Old 11-23-2016, 11:32 AM
 
Location: NYntarctica
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You can tell how many English speaking tourists there are in Argentina just by looking at the prices
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Old 11-23-2016, 12:32 PM
 
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English travels well just about everywhere in the world, at least in well known tourist spots and/or business offices.
At this point in global history, it's the closest thing we have to a global standard universal language.

Singapore...LOL, well yeah, thanks Einstein who wrote the article. English is the official language (1 of the 4). That's like saying you will have no problem with English in Scotland.
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Old 11-23-2016, 05:01 PM
 
Location: On the road
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English travels well just about everywhere in the world
This. They might as well have listed "earth" and be done with it.

If you see two Germans checking into a hotel in Panama how will they be communicating with the desk clerk? Broken English. If you see a Chinese family in Thailand trying to explain to a tuk-tuk driver where they want to go? English. Brazilian guy in Bali trying to rent a jet ski? English.

Etc.

Also that list is bunk, you don't need to learn Khmer to travel in Cambodia or Laotian to travel in Laos. Cambodia gets millions of foreign tourists, I doubt more than a handful even learned to say hello or thank you.

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Old 11-23-2016, 05:09 PM
 
Location: On the road
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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...
So you find traveling around in a 1st world developed country "adventurous" because English isn't widely spoken so you had to point at the menu, but someone backpacking across Pakistan or Nepal is doing something boring because so many people can speak English?
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Old 11-24-2016, 04:22 AM
 
Location: Hong Kong / Vienna
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Singapore...LOL, well yeah, thanks Einstein who wrote the article. English is the official language (1 of the 4). That's like saying you will have no problem with English in Scotland.
English is also an official language in Hong Kong and well... It's certainly not spoken by everyone... Quite to the contrary.
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Old 11-24-2016, 06:37 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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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.
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Old 11-24-2016, 09:36 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.
Hong Kong is not a country, and English is not spoken by everyone in the US either. I go to Singapore quite regularly, and am aware of the multi-cultural, multi-language aspect of Singapore (and also about "singlesh").

BUT for the purposes of this discussion - being that roadsigns in Singapore are in English, local TV is in English, stores have English signs, resteraunts have English menus, people speak English on the street, school teach in English, many citizens speak English at home between family members, government business is conducted in English - Singapore is an English speaking country, and thus it makes it particularly distinct from the other countries mentioned in the article.
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