why do scandinavians speak english so well
The OP's got a screw loose and the second poster's nailed it. Whoever travelled around Europe relying only on English for communicating with the natives will have noticed that the further North you go, the better (meaning, more fluently) people speak it, with Germany smack in the middle, being worse than Sweden or Holland, but much better than Italy or Spain. Apart from the (sometimes distant) common lineage, the simple fact is that these Northern European countries are small, and linguistically isolated. I mean, if your Dutch, any 200km (a day trip) will take you to a different lincuistic universe. You might as well learn some lingua franca well and sometimes you'll learn a couple of those languages too (I've met Dutch who could speak passable German, French and italian). I guess the OP is of Eastern Asian extraction and has some kind of grudge with the Germans. I've *never* seen an Eastern Asian, Chinese, Japanese, or Korean, who spoke good English. Chinese, in particular, have trouble with grammar, intonation, vocabulary and, last but never least, pronunciation. I had to sit through meetings where I (as well as the rest of the audience) couldn't understand half of what one the participants, a Chinese lady, was seeing. The original Chinese torture.
Swedes, Danes, and Norwegians speak English very well.
В Their English Proficiency Index is pretty much the best in the world. If there is any competition in this field, it is among these three countries. Besides, it isnвt just boring statistics. Foreigners see this for themselves the very moment they step out of the airport. Anyone whoвs been to Norway, Sweden or Denmark will tell you the same thing. And even, they are fluent in English (no offense, ). But why areВ Scandinavians fluent in English? LINGUISTIC BACKGROUND belong to the same language group. TheВ Scandinavian group is North Germanic, and English is West Germanic. That makes it easier for Scandinavians to understand this language and use it on their own. Swedish and English have over 1,000 words in common, and the sentence structure is similar in all of these languages. Surely it must be an important factor? Itвs a factor all right, but it means little. If it did, French, Spanish, and Italian people could speak all three languages, since they all belong to the same language group as well. So, while this helps Scandinavians learn English faster, it doesnвt determine the outcome. We have to name other reasons. DEMOGRAPHIC AND ECONOMIC BACKGROUND One of those could be demographic. For one, there arenвt many Swedish or Danish-speaking people in the world.
Scandinavian communities in foreign countries are small. Scandinavian countries themselves arenвt that huge. English, on the other hand, is lingua franca of the western world. Knowing this language comes in handy, especially because northerners are really fond of traveling. And itвs much easier to travel when you understand English instead of just, for example, Norwegian. Another reason could be economics. Economies of Scandinavian countries are among the largest in the world. This is partly due to English proficiency within the local population, as lots of successful international companies are based in these countries. These companies operate mainly in English, so the demand for this language in Scandinavia is. Once again, however, none of these are reasons. They only explain why Scandinavians might want to learn English, but it doesnвt explain. users! SO WHAT IS THE SECRET OF SCANDINAVIANS? Itвs exposure! It doesnвt matter whether you are in Norway, Denmark or Sweden, you can find many. Unlike other parts of Europe, this media is never translated. While the subtitles are provided in the local language, the soundtrack is original. And thatвs not all. Thereвs also other media (such as music) available in English from which local people can learn.
So, people in Scandinavian countries learn much just by watching TV or going to the cinema! a high standard of education. Children start learning English from 6 years old in Denmark! And they learn it all the way until graduation. Time isnвt the main factor of education efficiency, though. The main factor is its. Most schools all around the world focus on the theory of language. However, up in the north, they focus and practice. Soon enough, they use English words in other situations, just to express their thoughts more flexibly and freely. Instead of learning grammar, they use the language and have fun with it. English is everywhere in Scandinavia, including social media, TV shows, movies, music (the most popular hits are usually English as well), video games, menus in restaurants, signs in streets, education, and international workplaces. This is precisely how we teach Bliu Bliu users to experience language В because we know it works. Norwegians, Swedes, and Danes are a shining example of that. They are immersed in English often in their daily lives. They are exposed to the language. T hey are forced to use it, not just know it. So, is it still surprising that most are fluent in English? Not to us. We know itвs the only possible outcome.
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