Though it may be a stretch to say that two Dutch men not knowing the word cumpulsory means the entire country's skills are dropping.
Ron de Leeuw, Cave Canem wrote:the language skills of most Dutchies are terribly overrated!
Gormur wrote:The same thing goes for Iceland and Norway. I admit I had assumed (from TV) that all Norwegians could speak perfect English or at least understand it well. Well, it's true a lot of people understand English in the larger cities, but that doesn't mean that everyone or most can carry on rather advanced discussions such as we are having now. In fact, I would say most of my relatives speak very little to basic English, which includes cousins of mine in their teens, 20s, and mid 30s (a few with university degrees as well). The older ones, over 60 or so, speak rather heavy regional dialects and have a difficult time understanding others. They live in a rural area though, so who knows...
In Iceland, I noticed a lot of people speak English, but if I were to ask someone a question such as, "can I speak with...?", or "there is a problem with..I need to change that, how do I get to this location from...et al, they would often mumble to someone else in Icelandic and get them to help out. I've had many people begin speaking Icelandic to me over the phone at the university as well... Perhaps this is because many simply aren't used to speaking English, but may understand much of what is being said.
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