Monday, 25 November 2013

Foreigners speaking English

The latest global index of English Proficiency has just been published; this valuable piece of work allows English persons to vary their language skills according to the country in which they find themselves in accordance with local levels of proficiency as follows;

1. Sweden Speak English Normally
2. Norway Speak English Normally
3. Netherlands Speak English Normally
4. Estonia Speak English Normally
5. Denmark Speak English Normally
6. Austria Speak English Normally
7. Finland Speak English Normally
8. Poland Avoid complex syntax and grammar
9. Hungary Avoid complex syntax and grammar
10. Slovenia Avoid complex syntax and grammar
11. Malaysia Avoid complex syntax and grammar
12. Singapore Avoid complex syntax and grammar
13. Belgium Avoid complex syntax and grammar
14. Germany Avoid complex syntax and grammar
15. Latvia Avoid complex syntax and grammar
16. Switzerland Avoid complex syntax and grammar
17. Portugal Avoid complex syntax and grammar
18. Slovakia Speak simple English slowly and clearly
19. Argentina Speak simple English slowly and clearly
20. Czech Republic Speak simple English slowly and clearly
21. India Speak simple English slowly and clearly
22. Hong Kong SAR Speak simple English slowly and clearly
23. Spain Speak simple English slowly and clearly
24. South Korea Speak simple English slowly and clearly
25. Indonesia Speak simple English slowly and clearly
26. Japan Speak simple English slowly and clearly
27. Ukraine Speak simple English slowly and clearly
28. Vietnam Speak simple English slowly and clearly
29. Uruguay Shout and gesture
30. Sri Lanka Shout and gesture
31. Russia Shout and gesture
32. Italy Shout and gesture
33. Taiwan Shout and gesture
34. China Shout and gesture
35. France Shout and gesture
36. UAE Shout and gesture
37. Costa Rica Shout and gesture
38. Brazil Shout and gesture
39. Peru Shout and gesture
40. Mexico Shout and gesture
41. Turkey Shout and gesture
42. Iran Shout and gesture
43. Egypt Shout and gesture
44. Chile Shout, gesture, use pictograms
45. Morocco Shout, gesture, use pictograms
46. Colombia Shout, gesture, use pictograms
47. Kuwait Shout, gesture, use pictograms
48. Ecuador Shout, gesture, use pictograms
49. Venezuela Shout, gesture, use pictograms
50. Jordan Shout, gesture, use pictograms
51. Qatar Shout, gesture, use pictograms
52. Guatemala Shout, gesture, use pictograms
53. El Salvador Shout, gesture, use pictograms
54. Libya Shout, gesture, use pictograms
55. Thailand Shout, gesture, use pictograms
56. Panama Shout, gesture, use pictograms
57. Kazakhstan Shout, gesture, use pictograms
58. Algeria Shout, gesture, use pictograms
59. Saudi Arabia Shout, gesture, use pictograms
60. Iraq Shout, gesture, use pictograms

9 comments:

Ed P said...

Group 18 to 28 should include the USA & nowadays most of the UK too.

Anonymous said...

You say its a Global index but I dont see the likes of Canada, America and Australia in there - so not really global is it !

G. Tingey said...

I find "France" @ no 35, amusing.
In the cities, & certainly Paris, it's a lot better than that - but you have to speak half-a-dozen words in bad French, FIRST.
THEN, they will switch to passably good English!

PS: Lurved EdP's comment - however, my response to that is usually (In my very clipped & RP normal speech) : "Could you repeat that again, in ENGLISH, please?"

meltemian said...

Not sure where Greece stands.
No problem in tourist areas but in the villages you definitely need greek!
After 5 years I'm still struggling!

Budgie said...

I have it good authority that at EU meetings involving a number of countries, all except the French are willing to negotiate in English. At that level, the French stick to French even though they are perfectly good English speakers.

FrankS said...

Is there a reverse index, showing which languages are likely to be spoken in England (by native English speakers)? News reports from any part of the world always seem able to find locals who speak perfectly understandable English. I wonder if the converse is true!

James Higham said...

My experience of Swedes is that they speak it better than us on occasions. The Dutch, on the other hand, often refuse to speak English.

Veronica Roth said...

Lol, as a Czech/Brit based in Canada who speaks four languages, hosts international students and lives half the year Europe...yeah, that's pretty much the scope of it. Nicely reckoned. :)

JW said...

Is it really necessary for us to go to all this trouble to be understood in these countries? What are those further down the list doing to improve the language difficulties they have with us?