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In every country on earth, even the ones that are not recognized by any other country, you can find English speakers.  They might speak English a little different then you and me and have a thick accent, but we can still communicate. Here is a map of countries that have substantial English-speaking populations.

english speakers by country

A bit of a warning, sometimes when  people speak English it is not just with a thick accent. Sometimes they speak Pidgin-English. In a lot of former British colonies in Africa this is how it is.  You can communicate with someone who speaks Pidgin-English, it might take time and a lot of pointing but you will figure it out. In case you think you can understand Pidgin-English without a problem, here is an example of Nigerian Pidgin-English.

How you Dey?
I dey fine.
Wetin dey happen?
Wahala.
Wahala?
Dem send area boys.
We comot.
Yes.

In translation that says:
How are you?
I’m fine.
What is happening?
Something bad.
Something bad?
They sent thugs.
Lets get out of here.
Yes.

So if you visit Nigeria I hope you enjoy 40-60% of the people speaking English like that. You will learn fast and have a great time.

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10 Comments

    • Your probably right, after all nearly everyone in the north Philippines can speak English very well, But I am not sure if it is the same everywhere. Either way Philippines is still a wonderful place! I Love it!

  1. 2 things I notice from this map. First, in the last 9 years I’ve only been to maybe 2 or 3 of the white countries. Secondly, pretty much ALL the countries (South America) I will visit over the next 6 months are in the white. It’s going be a fun 6 months 🙂

    • Dan enjoy South America, your going to have a blast! I’ll stay updated on your blog, but don’t worry about not knowing the language, just speak with your hands, your body, your face and your soul and people will understand you 🙂

  2. Hey, I really like the idea of this map and hope to see an updated version posted somewhere by some reputable organization. Otherwise, please keep writing and I’m right there with you in traveling. Hoping to use this chart for inspiring my students to learn English.

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