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Global index reveals English skills in Ukraine

Despite their best efforts, not everyone is a born linguist with the majority of Brits in particular, unable to speak a second language.

ukraine_tradition_82Faced with the prospect of a holiday blighted by broken conversation, pointing and blank stares it’s no surprise some travellers would feel more relaxed visiting a country where English is widely-spoken and understood.

If you’d rather leave your phrasebook at home, there are plenty of countries where it is surprisingly easy to strike up a conversation in English.

Sweden, the Netherlands, Denmark and Finland are among the world’s most proficient English speakers, for instance, according to a ranking of countries by adult English skills, the EF English Proficiency Index.

But beyond Europe, British holidaymakers may be pleasantly surprised to discover that they’ll be understood in destinations as far-flung as Malaysia, India and Argentina.

Tens of thousands of adults from 70 countries worldwide were tested to create the samples for the 2015 study by EF Education First. 

MailOnline Travel has rounded up some of the unexpected destinations you’ll find refreshingly easy to visit, without your phrasebook.

Countries with top English language skills:

  1. Sweden
  2. Netherlands
  3. Denmark
  4. Norway
  5. Finland
  6. Slovenia
  7. Estonia
  8. Luxemburg
  9. Poland
  10. Austria
  11. Germany
  12. Singapore
  13. Portugal
  14. Malaysia
  15. Argerntina
  16. Romania
  17. Belgium
  18. Czech Republic
  19. Switzerland
  20. India
  21. Hungary
  22. Latvia
  23. Spain
  24. Dominican Republic
  25. Slovakia
  26. Lithuania
  27. South Korea
  28. Italy
  29. Vietnam
  30. Japan
  31. Taiwan
  32. Indonesia
  33. Hong Kong
  34. Ukraine

Source: Daily Mail

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