Strange places where English is spoken?
LATIN AMERICA - BELIZE & FRENCH GUIANA
This region is composed of a rich linguistic culture with indigenous languages, Spanish, Portuguese, French and also English dialects. Although most of the colonization was carried out by the Spanish and Portuguese, there are still some places where English is widely spoken.
Located on the border of Mexico and Guatemala, Belize is one of those countries where you would never think people would speak English. However, it was once a British colony and you will hear English spoken most of the time because it is the official language.
East of Venezuela, Guyana is a former Dutch colony that was taken over by the British in 1831. However, it gained independence more than 50 years ago but English remains the official language and you will also be able to hear Creole spoken. It is the only country in South America to speak official English.
ASIA - PHILIPPINES & SINGAPOREE
astern culture is very different, almost every nation has a different alphabet and different tones. Fortunately, English is widely spoken in the majority of Asian countries.
The Spaniards have left a mark on the Filipinos which makes their linguistic culture very rich, English is also widely spoken in the Philippines, it is one of the two official languages taught in schools.
Singapore is one of the richest nations in Asia, it claims four official languages, including Malay, Mandarin, Tamil and English. Once a British colony, Singaporeans still learn English as a child. English is indeed a common language for them.
EUROPE - MALTA & ICELAND
Europe is one of the most touristic destinations, half of the most visited countries in the world are located here. Maybe people want to visit Europe because of its artistic and architectural history. Europeans are fluent in three or more languages with confidence and English is one of them.
Situated in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, Malta was once an Italian-speaking island. Since 1934, Maltese has been the official language, although Italian is still widely spoken, with almost 90% of the population speaking English.
Iceland is one of the most popular destinations in the world. English is widely spoken there because of its Viking past, as well as its current history of trolls and fairies, and its reputation for the best international vegan cuisine make it a very popular tourist destination. Its official language is Icelandic, however 98% of the people working in the service sector are fluent in English.
AFRICA - GHANA & NIGERIA
Very often overlooked due to misconceptions and paranoid security concerns. Like Latin America, much of the territory was colonized by Europeans, specifically the British, so the English language is still present in many countries.
Accra, the capital of Ghana, is one of the safest metropolitan cities on the continent and English is widely spoken. There are 250 living languages in the country and English is the official language, however there are variants, a culturally adapted English called Kru English which has its own pronunciation and phrases.
Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa with over 500 languages currently spoken and one of its official languages is English. Now an independent country since 1914, English is taught in schools. As in Ghana you will surely encounter different variants of English adapted this time to the Nigerian culture.
MIDDLE EAST - ISRAEL - UAE
While British colonization was limited, Arabic is still the main language of the region, but you will find a lot of people who speak English in many Middle Eastern countries.
A complex region for many reasons, Israel has much to offer in terms of history, gastronomy and scenery. The Holy Land was previously occupied by the British so English was one of the three official languages of the country but when Israel gained its independence English was dropped from the list. Nevertheless, the language has persisted throughout the years. English was taught as a foreign language and was held in high esteem as a gateway to professional success.
Country whose official language is Arabic, with 84% of its population being expatriates. There are therefore many languages throughout the country such as Malay, Farsi, Hindi and English. Indeed, the UAE was a British colony. While Abu Dhabi is the capital you will be tempted to visit Dubai due to its recent popularity with stars and wealthy people.
WHY LEARN ENGLISH
There are still many places in the world where English is spoken, not only is it the international language of exchange but it is also the most learned. Spanish is also a widely spoken language in the world and its importance is not in question.
Indeed, it is nowadays essential to know how to speak English in order to travel, work and live wherever you want in the world. However, this is not enough to feel comfortable in every country in every circumstance.
It is indeed necessary to learn several languages and we guarantee that when you learn a language different from your mother tongue, the following ones will seem easier to understand and learn. It will also allow you to distinguish yourself from others by displaying on your skills languages that few people speak fluently in the world of work.
You can also find on our site Studenz many articles that will help you to learn a new language learn English if you don't know it with books, applications, advice, by yourself, through group or personal lessons and also travel in the UK if it is part of your dreams you will find in the blog section all the necessary advice on what to do when you come to visit London for example.
If you would also like to discuss the English speaking parts of the world and meet people from those parts of the world you can also visit our Studenz website in the language exchange section.
Written by: Lisa Lambert, Staff Writer
- Learning Languages
- 5 Mar, 2020
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