Where in Europe do they speak English??

Old Mar 31st, 2016, 09:45 AM
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As far as t.v and films go, we have a huge number of English language channels, including the BBC, and films and programmes are subtitled rather than dubbed.

If you are under 30 you could try for Australia. Not exactly known for its love of things British.
But it all depends on your qualifications and job, just as it does in Europe.
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Old Mar 31st, 2016, 10:15 AM
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I think nyt's tone is unnecessarily harsh, but I do agree with this"<However, how do you know you will be "comfortable" in those places or welcomed>

Maybe this is an obvious point, but just because you speak the language doesn't mean you'll feel at home in a place.

OTOH, given your feelings about England, maybe living someplace else is just the thing: either you'll like the new place, or you'll realize that England really is where you feel at home.

I say this because I never felt so American as when I was living in Europe
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Old Mar 31st, 2016, 10:27 AM
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bilboburgler I'm just looking for somewhere where the people are friendly, where I'd feel welcome & a country where I can live in by speaking English. Thats why I was interested in Denmark,Sweden,Finldand & Norway cause Scandinivian people are considered the friendliest in Europe. I was interested in the Netherlands as they are the most fluent in English & Amsterdam is cool I've been there & weed is legal I'm joking but seriously which European country do you think is the best choice??
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Old Mar 31st, 2016, 10:49 AM
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Newbe Thank you for example I like Italy & Italian girls/women but I couldnt see my self speaking in Italian 24/7 I'd feel like an alien. I'm more introverted & quiet & the Italians & French are loud & talk with their hands. And thts just not me. I lived in France for 14 years against my will & I'm pretty certain the French dislike me not as much as the British though I used to live in a city called Marseille & that was my worst experience I defo felt unwelcome but not only were they hostile towards me but violent too.
Canada,Australia & the USA are excellent choices but you need a visa ( & it takes a long time & they could refuse to grant me a visa) hence why I'm looking for a European country cause you dont need a visa & you move straight away.
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Old Mar 31st, 2016, 11:18 AM
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<I'm not interested in speaking/learning a foreign language.>

Well your own post above beat me to it, why not expand your geographic considerations?
USA
Canada
US Virgin Islands
British Virgin Islands
Jamaica
Belize
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Old Mar 31st, 2016, 11:32 AM
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<i>For example what happens when you go to the doctor or have to call an ambulance & explain yourself, you'd have to do it in a foreign language not in English they could misdiagnose you.</i>

For those countries where the population is largely fluent, you shouldn't have a problem. Indeed, I would think that pretty much all the Medical textbooks used in Sweden and Denmark would be in English. And I seriously doubt there are any medical journals of note in Danish or Swedish.
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Old Mar 31st, 2016, 11:45 AM
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I'm not Swedish but live in Sweden. I learned the language because I live here and wanted to fit in and one of the only ways to do that is to learn the language- imo. Even if people know English here they don't necessarily speak it. Not even to me and I have English as a mother tongue which must be obvious when I speak. My Swedish must just be sooo good.

Maybe younger people are more apt to speak English but the crowds I run with are Swedish speaking. I think that after a while of living somewhere you'd want to learn the language in order to understand the nuances and to follow along a conversation since people will revert back to their native language by nature in a group. I noticed I rarely use slang/swear words in Swedish since speaking it feels unnatural and would rather use my English for that.
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Old Mar 31st, 2016, 11:51 AM
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I am not sure you will feel comfortable anywhere. You lived in France for many years, and presumably spoke French during that time and you believe they all hated you. You are British, and live in Britain and they all hate you? All of them?
Have you tried moving elsewhere in Britain, or to Ireland, before you consider living in a country where you don't speak the language, don't understand the culture, and truly will be an alien.
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Old Mar 31st, 2016, 12:18 PM
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They speak English in Gibraltar.
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Old Mar 31st, 2016, 12:25 PM
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I learnt to speak foreign languages and knew I managed when I dreamt in another language.
If you don't want to learn another language just stay where you are.
If you don't like where you are you will not feel better elsewhere.
Good luck.
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Old Mar 31st, 2016, 12:38 PM
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<If you don't like where you are you will not feel better elsewhere. >
This is only true up to a point. I lived in Texas for two years, didn't like it, couldn't wait to leave, and was much happier when I finally did leave.

But reflecting on oneself and the reasons for one's unhappiness couldn't hurt...
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Old Mar 31st, 2016, 01:05 PM
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I live in Britain but I dislike the British & I know they dislike me. I also hate the British lifestyle & lots of things about "Britain" I dont like. I could elaborate but therse so may small things its too long to list. Even thought I'm English/"British" I dont feel "British" at all I was born in the wrong country.>>

I'm sorry you feel like this, Neutralview, but I too wonder if moving is going to solve your problems. instead, why not try a different part of the UK? Having myself lived in 5 different areas, I can tell you that they are very different. I discovered that having been brought up in a city, as an adult I preferred living in the countryside, and I suspect that had I remained in a city I'd have been pretty unhappy too.

it could be worth a try while you research other places that might suit you better.
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Old Mar 31st, 2016, 01:05 PM
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Texas.
I was thinking about civilized places ;-)

Waf !!!!
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Old Mar 31st, 2016, 01:10 PM
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Well, exactly!
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<< I used to live in a city called Marseille & that was my worst experience I defo felt unwelcome but not only were they hostile towards me but violent too. >>

That is terrible! I'm sorry.

Who was hostile and violent and why did they treat you that way?
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Old Mar 31st, 2016, 01:25 PM
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<<I'm pretty certain the French dislike me not as much as the British though>>

Following this thread with interest. But having a hard time understanding how entire nations of people hate one individual???

I think you should take a couple months and visit islands of the Caribbean. People are friendly there, many islands are English-speaking, weather is fabulous, scenery is beautiful.

If you can't fit in in all of the UK or France, I'm not sure I'd bother trying to find a new European home base.
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Old Mar 31st, 2016, 02:24 PM
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@Helenafatima Thanks I've never been to Portugal but I used to have a portuguese friend she was nice ( Nicer than british girls). I like countries such as POrtugal or Greece the people there seem to be friendly but the issue is the language barrier. You speak very good English but I think most people in portugal dont sepak English fluently so I'd have to learn your language which is quite difficult like you said

@travelgourmet & cheapboxofwine you seem to be contradicting eachother lol

@hetismij2 I've lived all over the UK haha I used to like it here but I dont anymore. I didnt mention Ireland as its part of Great Britain so I'm guessing it's the same as England isnt it??
I'm not sayin ALL the French hate me or ALL the British do but I believe there are countries where you are liked & countries( or different parts of the country) where the majority dislike you. That was my experience in France & in the UK. Ironically I've been to countries like Belgium & Germany for a couple of weeks each & everyone was so friendly to me & they made me feel welcome. It was totally different to Marseille in France or here in the UK.

@joannyc its just the way they are. Its the typical cliche of French guy ( or "marseillais" thats how they called) they're all the same: macho,loud,bodybuilder type of guy &I'm none of that I'm the complete opposite so they treat you differently like an outsider. Theres no diversity. All the guys are French of Italian origin & they dont like different type of people so they become aggressive & vioent lol they're uncivilised. I dont know if the whole country are like that but I've lived in 2 different ares of France & I felt unwelcome & so out of place & so alienated tbh
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Old Mar 31st, 2016, 05:48 PM
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OK - so far all we have heard is how awful everything is?

What is your job/career? Do you enjoy that? Is it translatable to other countries?

What about hobbies/past-times/activities? What do you enjoy doing? Have you joined groups of people who do the same thing? Are there specific areas/countries where these things are very popular?

Your overall tone is just so negative - and I fear you are so busy running away from something you don't really have a firm idea of what you are running to. No matter where you go there will be some people who like you and some who dislike you. This is life. No way around it.

And you put so many conditions - frankly totally unrealistic ones - on places you want to go/not go that it seems like there will be no answer for you.

It would be a lot easer to provide advice if you provide more info than how much everyone dislikes you and you dislike them.
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Old Mar 31st, 2016, 05:55 PM
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"I didnt mention Ireland as its part of Great Britain so I'm guessing it's the same as England isnt it??"

Have you actually paid attention to current events and recent history?

First, only Northern Ireland is part of the UK - NOT Great Britain.

Second, expressing that opinion in Ireland proper would be likely to make you instantly unpopular in yet another country.

Is there something you are not telling us about yourself that might explain some of this perceived animosity?
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Old Mar 31st, 2016, 08:46 PM
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Have you considered therapy?
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