Traveling abroad can be intimidating when you don’t know the native language. How are you going to ask for directions? How are you going to order food? How are you going to know whether this is the men’s or the women’s restroom?! Thankfully, the English language is starting to be a norm in many other countries. With this list of countries where English speakers can travel easily, you will be sure to feel comfortable and confident.
Approximately 92% of people in this country are able to speak English. The Philippines is made up of over 7,000 islands with more than 120 languages. Most Filipinos actually speak with a clear American accent--due in part because many of the people here are employed in US-catered call centers, as well as the fact that the Philippines was a US colony for more than 50 years. You might get confused by what seems like English, but then you hear some Tagalog...they call it “Taglish.” It’s the street talk mix of the native languages.
Malta is an European island country located in the Mediterranean Sea. Malta is a great place to visit for sea, sun, culture, attractions year round. Malta has two official languages-- English and Malti. Roughly nine out of 10 Maltese speak English. If you plan to drive yourself around the country, driving is on the left, but all road signs are in English!
This country should be an obvious travel choice, since (British) English is the first language in England! British English and American English are very similar, except for a few spelling differences. You’ll want to brush up on your British-slang, so you don’t get knackered out by all your mates conversations when you understand bugger all.
There are four official languages of Singapore-- English, Tamil, Mandarin, and Malay. Almost all Singaporeans speak more than one language, some even speaking up to three to four different languages. 80% of Singaporeans speak English, usually through a thick accent. Most Singaporeans speak a dialect of English, called “Singlish.” Singlish is based off of English, with loanwords from Malay, Indian, and the Chinese language.
Even though the majority of the people in New Zealand know how to speak English, Maori and sign language are the two official languages of New Zealand. New Zealand is a beautiful island country just 900 miles East of Australia. Auckland is the busiest city in New Zealand, and Queen Street specifically is great place to do some shopping and sightseeing. You will quickly realize that a New Zealand accent can be either simple to understand, or just completely impossible.