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Old 02-09-2011, 05:29 AM
 
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Again, there is nothing impressive or amazing about Flemish, Dutch, Germans (especially northern Germans), Danish, Norwegians, and Swedish enjoying advantages when it comes to learning English.

The English, Flemish, Dutch, Germans (especially northern Germans), Danish, Norwegians, and Swedish geographically and culturally form a single region (North Sea region) and linguistically they are from the same family.

People, read some basic history and study some basic geography (start by simply looking at a map), please.

It would be impressive and amazing if they did not enjoy such advantages.

And given the world's political economic arrangements (e.g. successor to English-speaking global British Empire, the English-speaking global US Empire), it would be impressive and amazing if a significant number of Flemish, Dutch, Germans (especially northern Germans), Danish, Norwegians, and Swedish did not simply apply such natural advantages when learning English.
Well said. I can't agree more.
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Old 02-12-2011, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Tower of Heaven
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Well said. I can't agree more.
Not sure it's so simple.
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Old 02-13-2011, 09:54 AM
 
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Look at TOEFFL's rankings and scores

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Scandinavians and German are impressive in English !
In France we"re bad in comparison

Japanese confirmed : they're REALLY bad in English.
The best way to learn English is to live in an English speaking country and be involved there with speakers of English (and not one's native language).
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Old 02-13-2011, 12:37 PM
 
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The best way to learn English is to live in an English speaking country and be involved there with speakers of English (and not one's native language).
I'm agree, I'll do that in 1 or 2 years.
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Old 02-14-2011, 12:08 PM
 
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I'm agree, I'll do that in 1 or 2 years.

It's "I agree" not "I'm agree".
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Old 04-08-2011, 06:54 AM
 
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Default Learn english

The best place to learn English is Australia, its cheaper than any other country
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Old 12-06-2020, 10:03 AM
 
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29 countries / territories considered as English speaking countries

AFRICA (10)
Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Liberia, Botswana, The Gambia, Lesotho

NORTH AMERICA (7)
United States, Canada, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Belize, Bahamas, Barbados

OCEANIA (7)
Australia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Tonga, American Samoa

EUROPE (3)
United Kingdom, Ireland, Gibraltar

ASIA (1)
Singapore

SOUTH AMERICA (1)
Guyana
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Old 12-06-2020, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Honolulu/DMV Area/NYC
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29 countries / territories considered as English speaking countries

AFRICA (10)
Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Liberia, Botswana, The Gambia, Lesotho

NORTH AMERICA (7)
United States, Canada, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Belize, Bahamas, Barbados

OCEANIA (7)
Australia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Tonga, American Samoa

EUROPE (3)
United Kingdom, Ireland, Gibraltar

ASIA (1)
Singapore

SOUTH AMERICA (1)
Guyana
I would not learn English from any country that learns English as a second language, which includes all of Africa, where English is learned (to the extent that it is learned . . . many people in those countries do not have a firm grasp of the English language at all) only after people have learned their tribal languages. The African continent has been funny in this regard, as quite a few countries have English as an official language, but this doesn't not mean that English is actually the lingua franca in the countries in question on the continent. For instance, in Ghana, the lingua franca is Twi/Fante, not English. If you want to get by in Ghana on a day to day basis, you'll want to understand/be able to speak Twi/Fante. Yes, knowing English helps, especially if you have a business that caters to foreigners who speak English, but it's not the same.
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Old 12-06-2020, 08:03 PM
 
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29 countries / territories considered as English speaking countries

AFRICA (10)
Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Liberia, Botswana, The Gambia, Lesotho

NORTH AMERICA (7)
United States, Canada, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Belize, Bahamas, Barbados

OCEANIA (7)
Australia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Tonga, American Samoa

EUROPE (3)
United Kingdom, Ireland, Gibraltar

ASIA (1)
Singapore

SOUTH AMERICA (1)
Guyana
I would include Malaysia a majority of Malaysians I have encountered are proficient in English when I was in Malaysia. There is a much higher percentage of people that can speak English in Malaysia than Papua New Guinea. In Papua New Guinea, you won't be understood by a majority of locals if you speak English. Infact to be understood by most people in Papua New Guinea you need to know Tok Pisin which is the lingua franca.

Why is not the Phillipines there as a large majority of people are proficient in English?
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Old 12-06-2020, 08:32 PM
 
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I would include Malaysia a majority of Malaysians I have encountered are proficient in English when I was in Malaysia. There is a much higher percentage of people that can speak English in Malaysia than Papua New Guinea. In Papua New Guinea, you won't be understood by a majority of locals if you speak English. Infact to be understood by most people in Papua New Guinea you need to know Tok Pisin which is the lingua franca.

Why is not the Phillipines there as a large majority of people are proficient in English?
Given the list of countries that are included, The Philippines should be included.
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