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Where To Go In Europe, If You Only Speak English?  
User currently offlineDr.DTW From United States of America, joined May 2000, 290 posts, RR: 1
Posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Hi There...

I'm planning a 10 day trip to Europe.

This is my first time across the pond, but I can only speak English.

What countries are best suited for the English-only traveler, and which should I avoid?

Any input is appreciated.

Thanks.
Ed.

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User currently offlineDeaphen From India, joined Jul 2005, 1425 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

In the Netherlands, you will have absolutely no problem.

I only speak English and am studying here!

Nitin



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User currently offlineFlybyguy From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 1801 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

The UK is obviously a good place to start. Germany I've heard has an excellent grasp of English in the main cities (Frankfurt, Munich etc.). France, however, may not be the best place for English speakers... especially Americans, because of lingering cultural tensions between the two nations. However, if you do plan on going to France (particularly Paris) you should make an attempt to speak French... the people there I've heard are more receptive if you engage them in the native language rather than assuming that they speak English off the bat.

I've also noticed when traveling in Asia (could be true in Europe)... that young people, particularly the college aged crowds, are more inclined to know English than the older generations.



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User currently offlineAgill From Sweden, joined Feb 2004, 1006 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Well you could probably get by pretty much everywhere, but Netherlands, and Scandinavia are very safe for making yourself understood in english. I thought Italy was a bit hard to communicate in since most poeple I met there didn't speak much english, but usually you get by anyway.

User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10882 posts, RR: 37
Reply 4, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

You can go to Cyprus and Malta. Both are English speaking places. They are both part of the E.U. Not only these islands are international business and banking centers but they also have a very old history.  Smile


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User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9523 posts, RR: 42
Reply 5, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I've had no problems in Norway and Iceland and you could probably get by in Switzerland. I assume the same would be true of Sweden and Denmark, though I haven't been there.

User currently offlineCharles79 From Puerto Rico, joined Mar 2007, 1330 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

You'll be fine in most places like the other posters have said though it never hurts to try and at least learn some common expressions in the local language.

From personal experience the UK, Netherlands, and Germany are all perfectly fine if you don't speak the local language/dialect.

Quoting Agill (Reply 3):
I thought Italy was a bit hard to communicate in since most poeple I met there didn't speak much english, but usually you get by anyway.

Communication in Italy is quite simple, just use your hands a lot!


User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16817 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

English is widely spoken/understood in Europe. My Wife and I took our Honeymoon in Europe back in '06, we visited;

Barcelona Spain,
Marseilles, Aixen Provence, Nice France
Monaco
Florence, Rome, Naples, Positano Italy.

We had no troubles at all, in fact I was pleasantly surprised how friendly everyone was to us Americans (even in France). We found many comforts of home in Europe, Dunkin Donuts in Barcelona, Starbucks, McDonald's etc..

Don't sweat it, the only trouble you will find will be tv. I found Tv in Europe to be dreadfully dull.



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User currently offlineBraybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5633 posts, RR: 32
Reply 8, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

You won't have a problem in most western European cities, even in Paris, but you'll draw a blank from Parisians if you address them in English. A few words in French go a LONG way to dismantling that famous Gallic froideur. Even in the larger eastern cities you'll get by. It's part of the fun of travelling doing your best to interact with the locals anyway. Outside the UK and Ireland, as Deaphen says, you won't have a problem at all in the Netherlands as the Dutch all speak better English than we do, as do the Danes and other Scandinavians. In Switzerland, Belgium and Germany English is widely understood, less so in the Mediterranean countries, but nearly everyone under 40 can speak and understand some.

[Edited 2009-02-07 09:29:21]

User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6074 posts, RR: 29
Reply 9, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Quoting Flybyguy (Reply 2):
Germany I've heard has an excellent grasp of English in the main cities (Frankfurt, Munich etc.).

In the old DDR side of the country I found few people that could speak English. Maybe if I was hanging around younger people I would have but the over 40 crowd were generally not English speakers. I met plenty of people that wanted to speak English. I didn't have any trouble, but I was with two native Germans so I didn't have to do much talking other than to them.

Quoting STT757 (Reply 7):
We found many comforts of home in Europe, Dunkin Donuts in Barcelona, Starbucks, McDonald's etc

I have seen that stuff too, but I don't go anywhere on vacation I can go at home.



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User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9523 posts, RR: 42
Reply 10, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting STT757 (Reply 7):
I found Tv in Europe to be dreadfully dull.

The TV you get in hotels, yes.


User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 11, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

In Switzerland you will have no problem in urban areas like Zurich, Basel, Berne, Schaffhausen, St. Gallen, Kreuzlingen/Konstanz, Lucerne, Zug, etc. And none in Geneva and Lausanne. It may be a bit different in non touristic rural areas of course. Much depends on YOUR English. If it is near to classical British English, ok, but if it is a heavy US dialect, please simply speak slowly and clearly. The proforma question "do you speak English" will usually result in a "Yes" of sorts and is the polite way.

User currently offlineUs330 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 3866 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

From where I've travelled--England/Scotland (obviously), the Netherlands (since few non-Dutch actually speak Dutch), Denmark (same as the Netherlands--don't try speaking German though--I made that mistake and was slightly reprimanded (tried to be all smart and cool and asked for tickets to the Hauptbahnhof, then was told the Germans had left in 1945... Big grin )), Germany, and Switzerland.
Spain there are people who speak English, but less compared to the other countries I described.

That said, if you are going to Europe, don't pick a country just because it is easier to speak English, go to a country because you are interested in its history, culture, etc. For example, if you are a huge Victor Hugo fan, go to France even if you can't speak French--you'll get by anyway, and have some great stories to tell.


User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting STT757 (Reply 7):
Don't sweat it, the only trouble you will find will be tv. I found Tv in Europe to be dreadfully dull.

At least in the Nordic countries the foreign tv programs are shown in the original language with subtitles, not dubbed like in Germany and Italy, that should help ,) And a lot of British/American stuff on tv here, the Finnish tv produces news in English also.

Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 11):
if it is a heavy US dialect, please simply speak slowly and clearly

Would say the same about Nordic Europe, English is widely spoken but some American terms don't say much here. We only know the metric system, for an example.

And it's always useful to find out something about local culture beforehand - same goes with Europeans traveling to US of course... like tipping less common here and tipping with US dollars not a good idea, happens sometimes.


User currently offlineAcheron From Spain, joined Sep 2005, 1593 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting STT757 (Reply 7):
We found many comforts of home in Europe, Dunkin Donuts in Barcelona, Starbucks, McDonald's etc..

To be honest, I don't see the point of going to europe(or anywhere, for that matter) and eat stuff you get back at home, anyway.
I prefer to try the local restaurants, and they are probably far more healthier anyway.


User currently offlineTSS From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 3065 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

As I've never been outside the US, I'll relate what my better-travelled friends have told me on this subject:

Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 11):
Much depends on YOUR English. If it is near to classical British English, ok, but if it is a heavy US dialect, please simply speak slowly and clearly.

A friend of mine who spent some time in the UK said that he was quickly and rather emphatically informed on a couple of occasions that the language he spoke was not "English", but "American". Since he too is from Alabama, I'm guessing that to UK ears his language was exceedingly "American".  Wink

Quoting Falstaff (Reply 9):
Quoting Flybyguy (Reply 2):
Germany I've heard has an excellent grasp of English in the main cities (Frankfurt, Munich etc.).

In the old DDR side of the country I found few people that could speak English. Maybe if I was hanging around younger people I would have but the over 40 crowd were generally not English speakers. I met plenty of people that wanted to speak English.

Another friend visited Germany hoping, among other things, to improve his language skills by speaking German to native German-speakers. Much to his dismay, almost all the native Germans he met insisted on speaking English to him to practice and/or improve their language skills.



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User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16817 posts, RR: 51
Reply 16, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting Acheron (Reply 14):
To be honest, I don't see the point of going to europe(or anywhere, for that matter) and eat stuff you get back at home, anyway.

The only place we visited in Barcelona that we have back home is Starbucks, while I loved the coffee in Barcelona the portions were just too small. A large cafe Americano con leche at the typical Barcelona cafe was just too small, I needed a 16oz.



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User currently offlineRobertNL070 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2003, 4532 posts, RR: 10
Reply 17, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting STT757 (Reply 16):
A large cafe Americano con leche

 yuck 


Starbucks will never get off the ground here in the Netherlands. I believe there is just one Starbucks in the whole country, in Amsterdam. Their coffee is gnat's pee.

/insults  Wink

However, when visiting Europe, don't let yourself be guided by language, or lack thereof. Go for the history and the culture. Surely someone intelligent enough to be a doctor can learn a smattering of two or three European languages - outside of English. Walking in a Dutch bakkerij (bakery) of a Saturday morning and greeting the bakker (baker) with a cheery goede morgen (good morning) will earn you some points.

Arguably the best countries in the world for coffee lovers are Spain and the Netherlands.

Enjoy.



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User currently offlinePyrex From Portugal, joined Aug 2005, 3932 posts, RR: 28
Reply 18, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

In general you should be fine pretty much anywhere. After all, you are only going for 10 days to travel around and not to do business. In the worst case scenario, pointing at stuff at looking at the value in the cash register should get you through most day-to-day situations. That said:

Quoting Dr.DTW (Thread starter):
and which should I avoid?

Spain and Italy are notoriously bad in those respects. Plenty of reasons to avoid Spain, really, and the inability of speaking English is just one of them, but it is not like you will starve to death and miss your flight because of it.

Quoting TSS (Reply 15):
Another friend visited Germany hoping, among other things, to improve his language skills by speaking German to native German-speakers. Much to his dismay, almost all the native Germans he met insisted on speaking English to him to practice and/or improve their language skills.

I keep having that same problem with my French. I love the French language but have barely no opportunity to practice it so my French is quite bad. However, whenever I have tried using it recently (in Paris, Montreal and Tahiti) people almost immediately switch over to English and don't give me a chance to practice it. Some of them even address me in English straight away, before I even open my mouth (I must have "tourist" written all over my forehead or something). The ones who do speak French with me are usually nice enough to acknowledge the effort I am doing and keep going even though the conversation would flow much smoother in English.

Quoting RobertNL070 (Reply 17):
Arguably the best countries in the world for coffee lovers are Spain and the Netherlands.

Dear God, please tell me you are kidding.



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User currently offlineRobertNL070 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2003, 4532 posts, RR: 10
Reply 19, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting Pyrex (Reply 18):
Dear God, please tell me you are kidding.

No, I am not kidding. It's my opinion and that's why I used the word 'arguably'  Yeah sure



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User currently offlinePyrex From Portugal, joined Aug 2005, 3932 posts, RR: 28
Reply 20, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting RobertNL070 (Reply 19):
No, I am not kidding. It's my opinion and that's why I used the word 'arguably'

Well, it is my opinion that you couldn't be further from the truth and that is why I used the expression "Dear God"  Yeah sure



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User currently offlineAllrite From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 2003 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 8):
You won't have a problem in most western European cities, even in Paris, but you'll draw a blank from Parisians if you address them in English. A few words in French go a LONG way to dismantling that famous Gallic froideur.

I agree with Braybuddy in that you should try to learn at least a few polite words in the local language - it's not difficult and it helps to demonstrate that you respect the fact they do have their own language and culture. I've never had a problem in France. Sometimes I'll find someone who can't speak English, but then they have tried to find someone who can usually speak better English than my paltry French.

I found the level of English to be better in the Netherlands and Germany than in the UK. Many UK accents are impenetrable and I dun unnerstan nuffink wat dey speak.  Smile



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User currently offlineAirCatalonia From Spain, joined Nov 2007, 548 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting Dr.DTW (Thread starter):
What countries are best suited for the English-only traveler, and which should I avoid?

If you speak slowly and you try to make yourself understood, you should have no problem. The only places where you may encounter some difficulties are perhaps southern Spain and Italy (not the big cities). Then the "far east" (eastern Europe) is a different story and you may have some issues getting by in the areas with most Russian influence, but I presume you are planning a trip to western or central Europe.

Good luck  Wink


User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 23, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 32767 times:



Quoting Falstaff (Reply 9):
In the old DDR side of the country I found few people that could speak English. Maybe if I was hanging around younger people I would have but the over 40 crowd were generally not English speakers.

That is true, because most of them in the old DDR learned Russian instead of English as first foreign language.

That being said, if you go to Germany, you should have no language problem even if you only speak English. And if they don't speak English, then they'll certainly understand some of it, after all, the English and German language are related in some way.


User currently offlineScorpio From Belgium, joined Oct 2001, 5014 posts, RR: 44
Reply 24, posted (5 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Here in Belgium, it depends on where you go. In Dutch-speaking Flanders (with cities like Antwerp, Ghent, Bruges, etc.) and in bilingual (French and Dutch) Brussels you'll have no problem at all, with levels of English as high as in the Netherlands and Scandinavia. If you go to French-speaking Wallonia, you might have some more difficulty, though you should get by.

25 Dr.DTW : Thank you all so much... What about these cities: Lisbon Madrid Barcelona There are the three I'm considering.... Thanks Ed.
26 Doug_or : You shouldn't have much trouble as a tourist in any of these cities, but as others have said, Spain does lag most of Western Europe in English access
27 Pyrex : I have never been to Barcelona and it has been a while since I was in Madrid for the last time but I can tell you that in Lisbon you should be just f
28 Ken777 : As an English only speaker I've always relied on translators - Palms in years past and some nice ones on the iPhone/touch. Another rule is to learn to
29 MAH4546 : Many Europeans have a very strong grasp of English. In general, the "weaker" a language in a country, the stronger their grasp of English is. In the N
30 TristarAtLCA : I would certainly recommend Barcelona, by far my fave Euro city. A beautiful, fun city. Loads to see and do and its got a beach!!! Most hotel desk sta
31 IBERIA747 : And those would be? I have never had a cup of coffee in the Netherlands (even though I've been there about 10 times) so I can't give you an opinion.
32 Kiqaboy : If you have enough time come to Kosova, its a great place to visit, and you would not have problem with English here at all. Kiqa
33 KirkSeattle : My very first trip to Europe was to Spain in late 2006 and I didn't speak Spanish. I absolutely LOVED IT ! Flew into Madrid for a couple of days then
34 Mal787 : Hi Doc I have travelled trhough Germany Czech Replublic Hungary Netherlands Germany Finland & Spain and had no problems at all. France whoever I found
35 Captaink : Well don't keep is in the dark, I am eager to find out what European destinations are great for coffee lovers.
36 Elite : The United Kingdom... honestly. When you travel to other parts of Europe, English can get you by but you will run into some problems (as I have). I pr
37 WunalaYann : I am very happy to say that this is absolutely incorrect. I am sad to see that this cliché keeps popping up, despite overwhelming evidence of the co
38 Jush : Let me just say everyone is very welcome in Germany, especially Americans. There may sometimes be political tension between our countries, but the ge
39 B737200 : I wouldn't really worry about it that much, you'll find someone who can speak a bit of English. I hear quite a few people say that in Germany people s
40 RobertNL070 : Another point. I started going to France and Spain some thirty years ago, wonderful countries by the way, and nobody, but nobody spoke a word of Engl
41 WunalaYann : Wow. Talk about a slap in the face. I am sorry to hear you have had bad experiences but that was one big generalisation...
42 PanHAM : LOL, I would'nt bet on that, there is even Starbucks in VIE, that's like having a mosque in Vatican City. Advise for Americans travelling to Europe.
43 KiwiRob : It's pretty easy really, you can break down Europeans understanding and speaking of English into 2 camps, those countries which dub ie Germany, France
44 RobertNL070 : Well if you will drive to France in your German registered car and they see you getting out of your car...................
45 WunalaYann : Thank you. For a moment I thought I had lived on another planet for 25 years.
46 KiwiRob : Please tell me that you are kidding, I was in Kosovo late last year it was a bugger of a place when it came to people understanding English, when it
47 GrahamHill : Well, who would not be? I went to Japan 7 years ago and people really appreciated I could speak a bit of Japanese. Then I had to speak English becaus
48 JRadier : You are aware that Dublin is actually in Ireland and not the UK right?
49 Gemuser : I have spent time in Italy, France, Spain & Portugal. Speak only English with a very flat Australian accent. I had more language problems in SFO than
50 Doona : Exactly. When I went back-packing for a few weeks after my graduation, I spent two weeks in France and Italy, and my Italian and French language skil
51 ME AVN FAN : - Starbucks in Europe and the Middle East, in most places at least, very swiftly discovered that people prefer good but small coffees over the Americ
52 Post contains links RobertNL070 : Nice analogy. But the there are thirteen "mosques in the Vatican City". See: http://www.starbucks.com/retail/loca...x?a=1&CountryID=14&FC=RETAIL&City
53 Bwest : Only 40% of Belgians have French as their national language The rest uses some strange form of Dutch, which they now, under the influence of a silly
54 RobertNL070 : Indeed, very strange
55 GrahamHill : No one. It's just a fact. Italy brews the best coffee France produces the best wine Switzerland makes the best chocolate Germany and Belgium brew the
56 RobertNL070 : Sorry, no facts there. All very generalised and all very subjective. There are so many different sorts of coffee, wine, chocolate and beer that you c
57 Scorpio : Actually, stangely enough, whereas most Belgian / Dutch publications refer to the language spoken here as 'Dutch', most English publications have cal
58 Jeremy : I can only speak English and have been to UK, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Po
59 RobertNL070 : As in Nederlands? Here it is generally referred to as Vlaams. Personally I find Vlaams quite sexy, and kinder to the ears than Nederlands.
60 Danfearn77 : The Netherlands. Great country and great people. These guys will go out their way to accommodate you and their english is excellent. I find all scandi
61 ME AVN FAN : - I personally find the Belgian "Dutch", whatever it may be called, far easier to understand than the NL Dutch
62 PanHAM : They have a lot of American tourists in VIE
63 IliriBDL : Any country in the Balkans, you'll only need English to get along, especially in the bigger cities where 99% of the younger generation speak English,
64 Post contains images GrahamHill : As you want     Sorry, you're right. I should have said "Switzerland and Belgium".[Edited 2009-02-08 07:46:17]
65 Danfearn77 : I think some Dutch people sound American when they speak English. Honestly its weird, some times you do actually think they are American!
66 Lewis : We do NOT dub in Greece, we use subtitles. There are however dubbed versions of films on TV and the cinema but only the ones that have a big children
67 Pyrex : Awful service at restaurants and cafes (if you are going for a sit-down lunch, count on spending most of the afternoon there), insecurity, greasy foo
68 ME AVN FAN : - each time I visited Brussels I bought Belgian chocolate specialities to take back to Switzerland. And Belgian chocolates sell quite well in many sh
69 Raffik : It would be obvious to say England, but really, most major European countries teach their children English as a second language. English is the intern
70 FatmirJusufi : That will be great choice. I think you don't have a single problem getting communicate with youths as the most of them speaks English. Great advice.
71 Braybuddy : Not at all! There is a myth abroad about Parisians being aloof and unfriendly. They tend not to initiate conversation, which may come out of a sense
72 WunalaYann : Thank you for your kind words. I (and most of my countrymen, I am sure) really appreciate that both bad AND good experiences are recounted. We are NO
73 Braybuddy : I hate to dispel the popular myth, but I have yet to experience the famous Parisian hauteur. At this stage I'm actively looking for it . . . Hey, but
74 PWM2TXLHopper : So what if you only speak English? So do I, yet I live in a non-english speaking country and am learning the language. Previous to now, I use to trave
75 Andaman : Very good point. Language barrier is a problem if you make it a problem. Right now the average Nordic travelers escape the winter to Thailand, most o
76 HOOB747 : I must say, there is nothing more sad and pathetic than seeing pasty, overweight American tourists gorging themselves in a Burger King in the food wo
77 Allrite : I've been to St Malo, Nimes, Avignon and my favourite place of Aigues-Mortes and had almost no problems with my very limited understanding of French.
78 GoBoeing : I knew about 20 phrases and pronounced them correctly, then I went to Paris with an open mind expecting to find that all the talk of French people an
79 JJJ : Some good ole bashing from our good neighbours to the west Every Portuguese has a little padeira de aljubarrota inside, I was told once.
80 KiwiRob : Yup Scandinavians are very fluent in English, but and there is always a but if you go to some of the more remote places then the ability to speak Eng
81 Post contains links and images GrahamHill : Good question... Excellent choice of places! You can add Carcassonne: Honfleur: Colmar: The Mont Saint Michel: And many other places!
82 Falstaff : That is what happened to me. I will back there again in April and I suspect the same thing will happen. I don't even think it is that good. I find a
83 Bwest : Maybe out of ignorance? The Danes speak Danish, the Frenc French, the Dutch Dutch, so the Flemish must be speaking Flemish? I always get the feeling
84 ME AVN FAN : - The grumpy mood of many Parisians has nothing to do with any particular kind of tourists or THE tourists in general, and if you get into talk with
85 GrahamHill : Ah ok! Anyway, it's still a beautiful city to visit!
86 ME AVN FAN : - Colmar and Strassburg are among the top places in Central Europe, no doubt.
87 Braybuddy : You have to remember that Europeans are much more reserved than Americans. While Americans think nothing of striking-up a conversation with a complet
88 Toulouse : Rubbish, thankfully. Not true at all. France has a lot lore in common with the US than many think. Americans will be made feel just as welcome in Fra
89 GoBoeing : I did not mean that I had a problem with them. Not at all. They just seemed to be grumpy and depressed for the most part. Not happy. I have been to q
90 GrahamHill : That seems to me like an accurate description of the Parisians
91 Baguy : Why ruin perfectly good coffee by watering it down? To be honest Starbucks' coffee is very mediocre. Nothing special. In the U.K at least for the bes
92 ME AVN FAN : - Except that they are not depressed at all, they just look as if ..................
93 Pyrex : And replacing 'e's with 'i's. I swear to you, I was creeped out by Haast as it was (for some reason reminded me of Royston Vaysey, from "League of Ge
94 WunalaYann : Sounds exactly like a frustrated, jealous "provincial" to me... Well of course if you were there at the time then it is no surprise people were not e
95 GrahamHill : Me?! Rhooooo
96 Toulouse : I did read your comments, and from memory you frequently criticise Spain... which of course is your right! Anyway, having lived there, as a foreigner
97 ME AVN FAN : - Beside the point that the UK is speaking English anyway, the conclusion from the "dubbing" is rubbish as well. People in Switzerland for example do
98 Lincoln : Not that I plan on finding myself in France anytime soon (at least not without enough warning to have time to bone up), but would those few words inc
99 Doona : Be careful not to use too good of a French accent while saying that, a lot of the French people I met thought I was a local taking the piss. Cheers M
100 Toulouse : Yeah good point ME AVN FAN, and as you can see, I'm flying and Irish flag, so know all about that! They don't actually speak "that" fast, it just app
101 WunalaYann : 1) Try Spain and tell me about speaking fast. 2) It is rude to eavesdrop. At least in France. You are Swedish. There are things you cannot understand
102 GrahamHill : I think the same when hearing Spaniards or Italians talking. But that's because I'm not a Spanish or Italian native speaker, I guess.
103 Braybuddy : For sure. Although as Doona says, you don't want to appear to be too fluent, otherwise the native speaker will assume you're fluent. A simple "Pardon
104 ME AVN FAN : - I would replace "Excusez-moi" by "Monsieur" or "Madame", so that it is "Monsieur, je ne parle pas bien français, parlez-vous anglais ? " -
105 JFKMan : Amsterdam for sure! We spent 3 days there and never found anyone who did not speak English.
106 ME AVN FAN : - Those who did not went into hiding and so could not be found !
107 JRadier : Reason is we're outnumbered by the English that come here for the coffee shops.... used to have them in the train every single morning between the ai
108 Sukhoi : This is the best post many Europeans only speak there mother tongue and they manage to travel in other countries in Europe fine. If you speak English
109 Braniff747SP : England... i would be happy to spend ten days there... you could also go to Ireland, wales, etc.
110 NG1Fan : It appears that Starbucks is still mistakenly considered to be a coffee. It isn't coffee. It is a charcoal-based milky beverage with additives like s
111 Post contains links WunalaYann : Considering France dwarfs these combined countries in terms of annual intake of tourists, then it should logically belong to your list...
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