Fränzi wrote:nighean-neonach: Does that mean that even today, English is not so widespread in comparison with Danish? I've heard of it being an occasional third language, but I'm not too sure.
I should look into this forum here more often and more thoroughly
Still, better late than never:
Of course some people in Greenland speak English, especially those involved in the tourism industry, and also those with a high level of education, members of government and administration, or people with international business contacts. And of course lots of teenagers are very keen on learning English well. I have some penpals whose level of English is really good.
But on the other hand, there are lots of people for whom even Danish remains a foreign language throughout their lives. Many elderly people have not had much education at all, and in some parts of the Greenlandic society there are great social problems with unemployment, alcohol, teenage mothers, violence, etc., so of course it is hard to get a good level of education at all if you grow up in such circumstances.