English Speaking Countries
Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or just looking to start out on your exciting journey, it can be daunting to go to a new country and not understand the language. Often it can cause undue anxiety when trying to read signs or navigate around new places, especially if we’re unable to ask for directions or even work out where the restrooms are. If you’re more comfortable and would feel more at ease visiting a country where you know they might possibly speak English, then take a look at our top ten picks below. Some might be more surprising than others!
Whether you have some high school proficiency or not, Germany is a great place to visit, as most natives do speak English. Of course, if you want to be respectful to foreign cultures, you should always try your best to speak the language and make an effort, but you’ll find that most Germans will be able to speak a little, if not a lot, of English, providing you with the answers you need – and the directions you most definitely require! Whether you want to go on a guided tour of Germany’s cities or museums, there’s sure to be an English speaking guide on hand. German, like English, is one of the hardest languages to master, so it’s no surprise that it’s taught in schools there.
2. The Philippines
From its beautiful islands and beaches to its unique food and experiences, the Philippines is an amazing place to visit – and your worries about whether or not they speak English can disappear, as most of the residents have picked up American-English proficiently and actually prefer to speak it. The Philippines has so much on offer, providing travelers with numerous Asian and Western experiences that will have you craving so much more. So be sure to prepare your travel backpack and hit the road.
One of the most mysterious and beautiful places on our list, Iceland has some truly magical experiences to discover. Luckily for anxious travelers, the majority of the population there speak some English and it’s one of the worlds friendliest countries. In fact, most servers and hospitality employees speak English over their native tongue of Icelandic, which makes it a lot easier to understand and explore Iceland to its fullest. From exploding geysers to the Northern Lights, it’s an amazing destination to explore and well worth the trip.
4. The Netherlands
Another beautiful part of the world is the Netherlands. The majority of the population speak English, as Dutch is not widely spoken elsewhere in the world, so it makes sense for residents to learn it. This is great for travelers, however, who are able to navigate easily around, try new foods (and know what they are!), as well as hold conversations with natives, really discovering what the Netherlands has to offer.
Japan is ethereal in its surroundings and it’s no wonder why so many tourists and travelers choose to visit the country each year. With so much to discover on such a small island, it can be daunting to find your way around. Luckily, most restaurants provide you with an English menu and you’ll also find English signage in a lot of places, ensuring you don’t get lost. Although the majority of the population do not speak English, Japan is ahead of the game in terms of accessibility and finding your way around. It’s an exciting adventure and well worth a visit. If you decide to visit the capital, know that Tokyo is one of the best cities in the world for food, so be sure to try some specialties.
Almost half of the population of Nepal speak English, which makes it a popular destination to visit. There’s also so much to explore and discover, from the amazing food to the wonderful architecture, to the rich history of the country and the people. Although you might struggle with some parts of the country in regards to understanding what’s going on, what to order, and where to go, for the most part, you should be just fine.
Almost the entirety of the Maltese population speaks English, so it’s no wonder why this country falls into our list. English actually became the second official language here after the British invaded hundreds of years ago. There’s a vast amount of history because of this, which makes Malta a fascinating place to visit. It’s also a hot country too, making it an ideal destination for sun seekers and those looking to take a load off their feet.
Israel is probably not on your regular holiday list, but if you’re an avid traveler and seek new and exciting places, then it really should be somewhere you consider going. With a rich religious history and plenty of knowledge to gain, Israel is a great choice, particularly as many people there speak English, as the language is held in high regard. Signage is also written in English too, which makes discovering the country a whole lot easier.
9. United Arab Emirates
A vast amount of English-speaking expatriates are located in the UAE, which is why English is spoken so widely here. It’s a great country to visit if you’re looking for heat, wealth, and excitement. Although Arabic is the most widely spoken language, often you’ll find that most people will automatically speak English. The country was also a British colony until not that long ago (1971), which may also explain why so many speak the language. It is still quite a strict country however, so make sure you read up on the dos and don’ts before you head out.
Cuba is a fantastic place to visit, with a plethora of events and a whole host of historic landmarks to see. It’s been a rising country to explore on traveler’s lists, especially with the increase in English as a language. Often, travelers worry about its reputation, particularly for kidnappings and hustlers, but with more and more locals choosing to learn English as a language, it’s easier than ever to travel safely and realize which places to avoid and which areas to really explore and discover. Many of the locals actively want to engage with tourists in order to increase the reputation of Cuba as a beautiful and unique place to visit.