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31 Europe: I speak language and I'm going to country . How widely is my language spoken in this country?




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This article is from the Europe FAQ, by Yves Bellefeuille yan@storm.ca with help from Martin Rich M.G.Rich@city.ac.uk.

31 Europe: I speak language and I'm going to country . How widely is my language spoken in this country?

The following table shows how widely English, French, German and Russian
are spoken in some of the major tourist destinations, using the
following scale:

1: The language is widely spoken; you're unlikely to have problems.
2: The language is spoken to some extent; expect some problems.
3: The language is uncommon; expect many problems.

                   English     French      German      Russian
  
Austria            2           3           1           3
Czech Republic     2           3           2           2
France             2           1           3           3
Germany            2           3           1           2*
Great Britain      1           2           3           3
Greece             2           3           2           3
Hungary            2           3           2           2
Italy              2           2           3*          3
Nordic Countries   2           3           2           3
Poland             2           3           3           2
Russia             2           3           3           1
Spain              2           2           3*          3

* Widely spoken in some areas, but not in the entire country.

These numbers are somewhat approximate, of course; comments are
welcome.

 

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