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Who speaks English?

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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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9 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 🙂

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