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Using English in Europe

How much is English spoken around the EU? 44% of EU inhabitants speak some level of English, according to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_the_European_Union: Officiallanguages ...
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Using English in Europe

Most importantly, is it seen as rude (acting like someone has to cater to me despite me being in their country) to use English? Not in the Nordic countries and the Netherlands. Being Swedish, I can ...
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Using English in Europe

When you are a visitor, speaking English is acceptable all over Europe. It will not always easy but nobody expects a tourist to speak the local language and English is the most common foreign language ...
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Using English in Europe

How easily you can get by in Europe depends very much on country. Broadly speaking, I find that Western and Northern Europe are very English friendly, and Eastern Europe (e.g. former Soviet countries) ...
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Using English in Europe

You have Portuguese citizenship and mention spending "more than just a vacation". I assume you mean re-locating for at least a short while. That means dealing with some level of ...
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Using English in Europe

I will have to contradict some of the answers and comments.  Yes, knowledge of English is widespread, but after spending seventeen months in Spain over my first five years of retirement, sleeping in ...
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Using English in Europe

Are there places where I can get by with only English? You can get by anywhere on the planet without speaking a word of the local language and without locals knowing a word of your native language. ...
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Using English in Europe

As an American, I found that in 2018, we were able to get by on my wife's 8th grade Spanish teacher level of Spanish (i.e. she taught first year Spanish), and the French I could dredge up from high ...
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Is it rude to speak Swedish in Norway?

I'm Swedish and I frequently speak both with Norwegian and Danish people, though mostly over phone as part of my job and not as often as a visitor or tourist. Whether you speak in your own language or ...
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