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Communicating in English or basic Portuguese in Brazil

Do Brazilian people understand English? I know basic Portuguese. Would communication be an issue?
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English in Hong Kong

I might be going to a 3 week camp (it's not really a camp, it's more of an academic program) in Hong Kong. How many people (a lot, a few, only certain occupations, etc.) speak English, and do they ...
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Are there any free english education in Canada for foreigners? [closed]

I'm planning a trip to Vancouver and all the English Learning schools seem to charge something around $200 a week. I'm running out of options because my money is limited, so I heard a few days ago ...
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English in Israel and Palestine

Seeing as Hebrew is a very tiny language, just like Swedish, are Israelis in general good at English, so a tourist like myself can make it? I've noticed that if the language is not used ...
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Cell phone service providers in France with English customer support

Which major cell phone providers provide English customer support in France? Not speaking French, I find it extremely daunting to deal with them and I already had some rather bad experiences with a ...
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Tourist visa, Spain, teaching English?

Is it legal for someone on a tourist visa to earn cash by giving English tuition (1 on 1 or private academies) in Spain? I know there's a hefty freelancer registration system in place, but I've been ...
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Do Estonians prefer English to Finnish?

When interacting with foreigners who are not able to speak Estonian, do the Estonians prefer Finnish to English? Does it depend on the area, e.g. is an Estonian more likely to be able to communicate ...
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taiwanese using english names

Okay having traveled a bit around this country I commonly hear native taiwanese calling one another English or western sounding names. Am I simple fooling myself into thinking this is the case, being ...
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Tours of Taiwanese elections for English-speakers

Taiwan: Chinese tourists flock to see elections and Curious Chinese 'election tourists' flock to Taiwan mention that tourists from mainland China are visiting Taiwan for the elections there. I thought ...
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What's the best way to signal that I'd prefer to be served in English?

I'm traveling in an area where bilingualism - specifically, English - is extremely common. As in, I'm yet to meet someone who doesn't speak pretty good English in the two months I've spent here ...
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Will I be able to travel around India speaking only English?

I am to travel around some Indian cities: Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and others. Will I have trouble speaking only English, or should I learn some phrases in Hindi?