Originally Posted by Colebatch
There are some nationalities that as an entire nation are fluent in English as non native speakers.
The Dutch are number 1. Best non native english speakers in the world ... Prutser and Beamster were obviously totally fluent.
English is just like the common language of Europe.
We native speakers are spoiled ... thats why we are lazy.
I think it's worse than that Walter. We Brits are shamefully embarrassed anywhere we go and the Dutch and Scandinavians are the best at making us (rightfully) feel that way. I'm constantly, cringingly appalled by the behavious of the Brits and yes, Americans too who expect not to have to put the tiniest effort in to international travel. I'm guilty too as I only learned a few words of Russian and the alphabet before I went.