So you never learned a second language, and now you have to travel the world on business? Then try to steer yourself to nations where you’ll have the greatest odds of running into people who speak your language.
Education First, a European-based educational organization, has compiled data on which countries’ residents have the most proficiency in English-speaking and put together an index covering scores of nations.
A few interesting takeaways:
>In nearly all countries surveyed, women have stronger English skills than men.
>Research shows that better English correlates with higher income and better quality of life.
>Learning English online is a self-reinforcing activity: better skills allow people to access more online tools and resources, and accessing these resources improves people’s English. About 56% of all online content is in English.
The northern part of Europe seems to offer the highest proportion of English-speakers, according to the website. The lowest? The Middle East and North Africa.
Here’s a funny video from BBC about speaking English in other countries:
According to the index, the Top 12 countries for proficiency are:
Readers: Have you had any interesting or amusing interactions in speaking English with persons in other countries? Tell your story below.
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