Dutch Female from Rotterdam, The Netherlands? Here I am, speaking English better than any other non-native English speaker!

Well, the long title says it all: the English Proficiency Report of 2019 came out and from all non-native English speakers all over the world Dutchies (also known as 'Dutch people', people from The Netherlands) come out best:

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And from within The Netherlands, sorted by city, the city I live in, Rotterdam, comes out best:

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And well, I'm a female and yes, even that makes a tiny difference:

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Here's the report in case you think I'm photoshopping these arrogant claims: EF English Proficiency Index. According to their FAQ:

The EF English Proficiency Index (EF EPI) is the world’s largest ranking of countries/regions by adult English skills. Published annually, the EF EPI is an important international benchmark for adult English proficiency. The EF EPI reports identify the most common pitfalls and highlight the most effective strategies for improving English proficiency.

As I've written about writing in English as a non-native English speaker before I thought I'd share these statistics.

For me it's a very normal thing to speak multiple languages (Dutch and English are best, then Spanish and French, a bit of German, and from then on only single words in many many languages plus the ability to decipher Cyrillic) - but I know it's not that common for everyone. I often feel rich for speaking multiple languages, as for one I can easily connect with you guys, but also speaking Spanish and French and knowing some Latin helps me decipher a lot of words in many languages in general. It just adds so much flavour to traveling, watching tv series and movies, learning new names, making up my new studio name - and much much more.

I couldn't imagine speaking Dutch only, or even English only - life would literally have less meaning, as a lot of references, ideas, historical cues would get lost.

Anyway, although I do feel Dutchies are quite proficient in English, a lot of Dutchies have a horrible pronunciation as well, plus, believe it or not, I'm very very often very insecure about my level of English - both writing and speaking. I guess confidence doesn't come from the fact the English is quite good, but from something entirely else - being raised as an English native maybe? ;-)

Are you an English native, and if not, how well does your country do according to the English Proficiency Index?


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  • @kralizec

    @tipu curate

  • @pouchon

    Actually I moved to the US more than 25 years ago. I have kids and I do enjoyed reading and never stop learning. Your question doesn’t apply to me but #steem allows me to stay put and continue to improve. English is not my first tongue but while back I felt that I am thinking in English. Awake from sleep I will talk to you in English.

    I speak French as well and other tongue. Glad to have people like you in steem who push English and help many more.

  • @okean123

    I wonder how people out there live with speaking only 1 or 2 languages lol

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  • @michelmake

    Sometimes, I'm just very proud of our country! We're up on so many cool lists like this ^^

  • @markkujantunen

    #7, Finland. Slightly lower placement than on average in this decade.

    What's interesting about native and non-native languages is that they exist in different parts of the brain. Different networks are responsible for them. A friend of mine is married to a nurse who used to work at a care home for the elderly. Some of the patients had dementia and had lost their native tongue as a result. But a number of those people still had access to a foreign language they had learned. It was usually English and my friend's wife was able to communicate in that language with those patients.

  • @roleerob

    "Fun fact" post @soyrosa! I had no idea about what country might rank the highest.

    Was surprised at this ...

    "... believe it or not, I'm very very often very insecure about my level of English - both writing and speaking."

    ... as, while I have no idea about how well you speak the English language, you are certainly a very proficient writer in it!

    #sbi-skip

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  • @riverflows

    You certainly WRITE English like a boss. Here in Australia we barely speak it at all. As for other languages.. pfft. Embarrassing. Biggest regret of my life.

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  • @fotostef

    Wow! 22 out of 100! Not bad for our little Griekenland :) Thanks for the link! Although the question that really needs an immediate answer is what is your new studio name? (I am a curious guy)

  • @phortun

    "Dutch and English are best, then Spanish and French, a bit of German, and from then on only single words in many many languages plus the ability to decipher Cyrillic."

    Wow. I thought @evecab was the "Steemian language champ" but I can see she has some tough competition here :D Kudos to you girls, you rock!

  • @betterthanhome

    I can confirm this. I’m German and whenever I’ve been to Amsterdam or met dutch people somewhere I found their English pretty good.

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  • @hans001

    Unbelievable that the Dutch English is the best of 100 countries with the English Dutch sentences talking in English and ending in Dutch 🤣😂

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