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Old 12-21-2017, 06:41 AM
Location: World
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Many people we encounter on Tourist trips-like Taxi drivers or Hotel Reception staff or Cafe waitress or small souveneir stalls are themselves immigrants to that country. They may not be very proficient in the local language of that country either. For tourists, they stick to English.
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Old 12-21-2017, 08:17 PM
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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In most of the world, its pretty easy to find someone who can speak English well enough to get by, but very few you can have an interesting conversation with. There are some that are pretty hard, though:

When I was in China, I met only two people who could speak English at all, in three weeks. I think that has changed a lot, in the 20 years since. The rest of south and east Asia, English is widely spoken.

Russia, bilingualism is very rare. Any former Soviet republic, you better know some Russian.

In Africa, everyone can speak English or French, depending on whose former colonial empire it was. English creeping into Francophone Africa.

Latin America, a lot less English than you'd expect, even in Mexico. But not a problem if you just stick to a tourist itinerary.

In Europe, practically everyone who has been outside their own country can speak some English. But there are still a lot of provincial Europeans who know only their own language, probably a majority, even in places like Netherlands and Norway.
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