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Old 08-30-2017, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Near Luxembourg
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It is nice to see England is at the top. Even more than Sweden. Way to go England!
Indeed! English natives are quite good in english! Yet Irish people seem tough competitors...
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Old 08-30-2017, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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Too bad that map doesn't show all of the European nations.
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Old 08-30-2017, 11:55 AM
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Spain has one of the lowest English proficiency in Europe. In fact, as soon as you are outside the usual tourist areas, people don't seem to be able to communicate in English. I had the experience several times, even asking for direction is difficult.



A better question is what percentage actually speak English well enough to be understood by native English speakers. Some of those countries I suspect are counting people as English proficient that one would be hard pressed to understand past their accent. In addition I suspect some of the countries listed as having lower percentages actually have more people percentage wise that speak decent English.


I've also met people from countries where English is an official language and what they actually speak is really bad English.
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Old 08-30-2017, 12:05 PM
 
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A better question is what percentage actually speak English well enough to be understood by native English speakers. Some of those countries I suspect are counting people as English proficient that one would be hard pressed to understand past their accent. In addition I suspect some of the countries listed as having lower percentages actually have more people percentage wise that speak decent English.


I've also met people from countries where English is an official language and what they actually speak is really bad English.
Pidgin?
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Old 08-30-2017, 12:14 PM
 
Location: San Diego, California Republic
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A better question is what percentage actually speak English well enough to be understood by native English speakers. Some of those countries I suspect are counting people as English proficient that one would be hard pressed to understand past their accent. In addition I suspect some of the countries listed as having lower percentages actually have more people percentage wise that speak decent English.


I've also met people from countries where English is an official language and what they actually speak is really bad English.
That's not a country, that's Tennessee
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Old 08-30-2017, 12:25 PM
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Location: NYntarctica
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This doesn't surprise me. I live right next to Mexico and even in the border towns, there aren't as many English speakers as one might think. In fact there was a thread here recently about this very fact though it took a negative turn.
Lol. What else can you expect from some people on this website
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Old 08-30-2017, 01:48 PM
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That's not a country, that's Tennessee
Eastern Kentucky also.
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Old 08-31-2017, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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Do people in Spain or Mexico generally have better English proficiency?
Both countries have better English proficiency than the US Americans.
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Old 08-31-2017, 08:42 PM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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That's not a country, that's Tennessee
And Texas.

We have our own version of the language though, and it ain't the Queen's English.
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Old 08-31-2017, 10:30 PM
 
Location: San Diego, California Republic
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And Texas.

We have our own version of the language though, and it ain't the Queen's English.
I can usually understand Texans though, at least the fact that the vocabulary is English if for not understanding how the words are used. Appalachia is a different world altogether.
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