Won't have a problem in most western european cities, even in paris, but you'll draw a blank from parisians if you address them in english.
Plenty of reasons to avoid spain, really, and the inability of speaking english is just one of them, but it is not like you will starve to death and miss your flight because of it.
If you go to french-speaking wallonia, you might have some more difficulty, though you should get by.
Friend visited germany hoping, among other things, to improve his language skills by speaking german to native german-speakers.
Braybuddy (reply 8):you won't have a problem in most western european cities, even in paris, but you'll draw a blank from parisians if you address them in english.
Very first trip to europe was to spain in late 2006 and i didn't speak spanish.
I think this might be more important than a country that can speak english fluently, what's the use if they're not willing to help, so especially if you're not travelling alone (but even if you are) i wouldn't simply discount non-english speaking parts of europe because you might be missing out.
However, when it comes to actually speaking it with at least a rudimentary level of proficiency, the numbers are not as much in favour of people who share the attitude described above.
Surely someone intelligent enough to be a doctor can learn a smattering of two or three european languages - outside of english.
's pretty easy really, you can break down europeans understanding and speaking of english into 2 camps, those countries which dub ie germany, france, italy, spain, greece, eastern europe and those which don't, the nordic countries, holland and the uk.
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Acheron (reply 14):to be honest, i don't see the point of going to europe(or anywhere, for that matter) and eat stuff you get back at home, anyway.
Us330 (reply 12):that said, if you are going to europe, don't pick a country just because it is easier to speak english, go to a country because you are interested in its history, culture, etc.
Shouldn't have much trouble as a tourist in any of these cities, but as others have said, spain does lag most of western europe in english accessibility.
I think you have enough countries in europe where you can eat some real nice food and drink proper coffee.
Ken777 (reply 28):for traveling in europe i loved going to the uk with my wife.
Think we really have a problem with foreign languages, at least compared to some other countries in europe.
Then the "far east" (eastern europe) is a different story and you may have some issues getting by in the areas with most russian influence, but i presume you are planning a trip to western or central europe.
Only non-european countries to feature are highly-developed city state singapore, and its neighbour malaysia, as well as argentina.
Quoting stt757 (reply 7):we found many comforts of home in europe, dunkin donuts in barcelona, starbucks, mcdonald's etci have seen that stuff too, but i don't go anywhere on vacation i can go at home.
When you travel to other parts of europe, english can get you by but you will run into some problems (as i have).
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Train, plane or automobile (don't underestimate the bus either- european buses are way better than greyhound)?
In the developing world, English is less of a foreign language skill and more a tool synonymous with development, expanding a country's economy and increasing its connectedness to the rest of the world.
Flybyguy (reply 2):especially americans, because of lingering cultural tensions between the two nationslet me just say everyone is very welcome in germany, especially americans.
Quoting us330 (reply 12):that said, if you are going to europe, don't pick a country just because it is easier to speak english, go to a country because you are interested in its history, culture, etc.
We found many comforts of home in europe, dunkin donuts in barcelona, starbucks, mcdonald's etc.
Stt757 (reply 7):we found many comforts of home in europe, dunkin donuts in barcelona, starbucks, mcdonald's etc.
In a foreign country where you don't speak the language isn't really that much of a deal, though, if you know how to point at things and can read the signs (luckily almost everywhere in europe, except greece, serbia and russia use the roman alphabet).
Pyrex (reply 20):Well, it is my opinion that you couldn't be further from the truth and that is why i used the expression "dear god" well don't keep is in the dark, i am eager to find out what european destinations are great for coffee lovers.
You can get the file here:Some native English speakers' attitude towards learning foreign languages could be summarized as "why should I learn a foreign language if pretty much everybody speaks English?
Tss (reply 15):another friend visited germany hoping, among other things, to improve his language skills by speaking german to native german-speakers.
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I also find that if you do need some help it normally young women who best at speaking and understanding english.
You may not find an english speaking person right away but a lot of people can understand enough and e.
Bigger the city, the younger the person (especially in central [what we sometimes refer to as eastern] europe), and the more tourists around, the more likely they'll speak english.
Much to his dismay, almost all the native germans he met insisted on speaking english to him to practice and/or improve their language skills.
Two billion people - that's almost one in three people - study English as a non-native language.
.To be honest, i don't see the point of going to europe(or anywhere, for that matter) and eat stuff you get back at home, anyway.
The "big 5" european countries, excluding the uk of course, italy in my experience has the best grasp of the english language, especially northern italy.
Me avn fan (reply 11):if it is a heavy us dialect, please simply speak slowly and clearlywould say the same about nordic europe, english is widely spoken but some american terms don't say much here.
Where i've travelled--england/scotland (obviously), the netherlands (since few non-dutch actually speak dutch), denmark (same as the netherlands--don't try speaking german though--i made that mistake and was slightly reprimanded (tried to be all smart and cool and asked for tickets to the hauptbahnhof, then was told the germans had left in 1945.
It's always useful to find out something about local culture beforehand - same goes with europeans traveling to us of course.
Said, if you are going to europe, don't pick a country just because it is easier to speak english, go to a country because you are interested in its history, culture, etc.