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Old 09-01-2017, 12:28 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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Both countries have better English proficiency than the US Americans.
You have clearly never been to Spain or Mexico.
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Old 09-01-2017, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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You have clearly never been to Spain or Mexico.
It was a joke.

But I did live in Mexico for two year back in the day. Never have been to Spain though.

IMO, half of America is semi-literate, including yours truly.
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Old 09-04-2017, 05:21 AM
 
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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.


In Spain, a very high percentage speaks pidgin English.
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Old 09-04-2017, 11:15 PM
 
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I was surprised at how few people spoke English in Spain, but even at that it was far more than in Mexico even in border towns, and a better quality English.
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Old 09-05-2017, 06:41 AM
 
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Spanish people is more exposed to English language than the average Mexican
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Old 09-05-2017, 06:47 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.
thought germany was higher , id have italy lower than spain from experience
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Old 09-05-2017, 11:48 PM
 
Location: Sydney, Australia
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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.
Why are there no stats on Norway, Russia, Ukraine and southeastern Europe?
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Old 09-07-2017, 02:34 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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Why are there no stats on Norway, Russia, Ukraine and southeastern Europe?
It is EU data.

Non-EU countries were not surveyed.
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Old 09-07-2017, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Bologna, Italy
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That's not a country, that's Tennessee
I was thinking more like Sheffield or Birmingham
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Old 09-07-2017, 03:09 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.
Having English as the official language doesn't mean anything.
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