If you went to American public schools, you probably speak a second language about as well as you do algebra. Twangy Spanglish makes telenovelas more of a hoot, and menu-grade French makes Montreal even slinkier (voulez vous coucher avec moi?) -- but let's be real, if the rest of the world hadn't adopted English as a lingua franca, the vast majority of Americans would be reduced to mimes when stumbling around overseas.
Ah, but there's the rub: English is the world's unofficial second language, with some estimates claiming that 1.5 billion people speak it. Tons of those folks are clustered in the usual roster of foreign lands -- the UK, Australia, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Oregon. Elsewhere, you may have to work harder to be understood, but you can always find people...
Learning a language is fun and all, but...via Thrillist
English is the first language in Singapore and no, we do not speak "Malaysian", that's not a language. Singaporeans of Malay/Indonesian/Peranakan descent speak Malay, but most of Chinese descent are not fluent in it. About 70% are Chinese and they speak standard Mandarin to varying degrees of fluency, though most older folks speak a Southern Chinese dialect like Hokkien or Cantonese. Oh and we have a large Tamil speaking Indian community.
I definitely agree that Japan can accommodate English speakers well. Almost all hotel staff speak it, and a lot of people in the cities speak it.
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