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1. Posted by Neutralview (Budding Member 4 posts) 27w

Hello I'm British & I live in the UK however I'd like to move to another European country where they speak English. So which European countries besides the UK can I live in if I only speak English??

2. Posted by Andyf (Travel Guru 639 posts) 27w

Apart from Ireland every country in Europe speaks a language other than English.

You'll find English widely spoken, particularly in northern Europe, but as a resident and worker most (all?) places would expect you to learn the local language. And why wouldn't you want to? If you move to Norway, surely you'd want to fit in and live as a Norwegian - if you want to live speaking English then stay in the UK. Or choose an English speaking culture like Australia, NZ, or Canada.

Why do you want to move? (Since it doesn't seem to be to embrace a new culture.)

[ Edit: Edited on 18-Mar-2016, at 00:40 by Andyf ]

3. Posted by hasbeen (Respected Member 602 posts) 27w

GIBRALTAR .. or look at outside Europe. Google 'countries that have english as an official language' Belize looks interesting.

4. Posted by OldPro (Respected Member 212 posts) 27w

I'm reminded of a tourist in Greece who complained to her 'tour rep' that all the locals were foreigners and didn't speak English. True story.

As written Neutralview, you are kind of giving that sort of impression of yourself. Hopefully, it is just a poor choice of words that you used and that isn't really what you are trying to convey.

Are you asking for example because you want to be able to work and since you are currently limited to one language, want to know where you can reasonably expect to find work without being able to speak the local language?

Really, the question is why do you want to move and what is it you hope to find in another country? Your motivation in other words. Just asking, 'where do they speak English' isn't enough to let people try to help you find what you actually want. You have to make it clear what it is that you want.

5. Posted by jeffreyty002 (Budding Member 20 posts) 26w

Well in Greece their language is of course Greek so expect locals to only speak Greek as that is their native language. There are few locals who are already fluent in English but like the previous advises if you want to go or move to another country it is a must to adapt yourself to their language so if you don't want to learn another language and wish to only speak English better to move to a country where most people speaks English so you will not feel awkward at all.

6. Posted by Neutralview (Budding Member 4 posts) 25w

Quoting OldPro

I'm reminded of a tourist in Greece who complained to her 'tour rep' that all the locals were foreigners and didn't speak English. True story.

As written Neutralview, you are kind of giving that sort of impression of yourself. Hopefully, it is just a poor choice of words that you used and that isn't really what you are trying to convey.

Are you asking for example because you want to be able to work and since you are currently limited to one language, want to know where you can reasonably expect to find work without being able to speak the local language?

Really, the question is why do you want to move and what is it you hope to find in another country? Your motivation in other words. Just asking, 'where do they speak English' isn't enough to let people try to help you find what you actually want. You have to make it clear what it is that you want.

I was expecting replies from people telling me "you need to learn their language" or " you need to adopt to their culture" or whatever but I just wanna live in a country where they speak English since English is my mother tongue/native language. I feel much more comfortable at expressing myself in English then in a forign language.

I could'nt see myself living in a country speaking a foreign language 24/7. I'm not interested in speaking/learning a foreign language. I just wanna live in a country where I feel like I belong & where they speak my language.

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.

Anyway the only countries in Europe where they speak English fluently are: Denmark,Norway,Sweden,Holland & Iceland if I'm not mistaken?? But I dont think you can live in either of those countries even if they speak English cause you need to lean their language.

If you think about it all the paperwork,electricy/water bills,directions,road signs,food labels,websites will all be in their language & NOT in English. SO for those who are saying you can live in those countries if you only speak Enlgish are wrong arent they??

7. Posted by Andyf (Travel Guru 639 posts) 25w

I know a guy who moved to Norway. He said there was definite pressure to learn the language if you were living there, and that there were free classes.

A Scottish friend moved to the Netherlands after she married a Dutchman. She's rubbish at languages, and has struggled with feeling isolated for over ten years.

So I can't see you being any happier in European countries with those additional language problems stopping you from fitting in.

I think you need to look at English speaking countries, forget Europe, realistically that's Australia and New Zealand, perhaps Canada. But, they all have similar cultures to the UK, so it depends just what you dislike about home and whether anywhere is better. Re the advice about googling English speaking countries, realistically you aren't going to be allowed to immigrate to most and wouldn't want to live in others. I think your most likely options, which many people do, are going to Australia or NZ on a working holiday visa for a year and try it out.

8. Posted by Neutralview (Budding Member 4 posts) 25w

Quoting Andyf

I know a guy who moved to Norway. He said there was definite pressure to learn the language if you were living there, and that there were free classes.

A Scottish friend moved to the Netherlands after she married a Dutchman. She's rubbish at languages, and has struggled with feeling isolated for over ten years.

So I can't see you being any happier in European countries with those additional language problems stopping you from fitting in.

I think you need to look at English speaking countries, forget Europe, realistically that's Australia and New Zealand, perhaps Canada. But, they all have similar cultures to the UK, so it depends just what you dislike about home and whether anywhere is better. Re the advice about googling English speaking countries, realistically you aren't going to be allowed to immigrate to most and wouldn't want to live in others. I think your most likely options, which many people do, are going to Australia or NZ on a working holiday visa for a year and try it out.

I'm surprised about your friend's experience cause Norway & the Netherlands are the countries where most people speak fluent English especially the Netherlands where over 90% speak english according to this article https://www.thrillist.com/travel/nation/what-countries-in-europe-speak-english. What about Iceland or Sweden?? According to the map on that article 86% speak English & lots of Swedish singers/musicians produce their songs in English so I guess you could live in those countries speaking English only??

However what you described is the reality cause I've been to Holland &most stuff were in Dutch & most people spoke Dutch ( the news forecast on tv, the cashier at Mcdonalds, the women at the petrol station,etc...)

Also the reason I wouldnt wanna live in a country where English isnt the official language is the obivous language barrier like you said. 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'm not close minded or lazy to learn a new language, I was forced to move abroad by my parents at the age of 10 & lived in France until I was 24 years old!! And I never fitted in, "I didnt feel myself" speaking French & felt uncomfortable I always felt like I a foreigner & didnt belong there.

You can learn the language however what happens if you have an argument with someone the fact is you'll always lose an argument cause you wont know how to swear/curse in their language ( i'm not saying you should go to a country trying to start an argument but it happens). You'll need to express yourself in a foreign language not in your native language

The truth is if English is your mothertongue the words that first come to your mind when you think or speak will be English words not foreign words so you'll need to translate all the words in your mind before speaking. The language barrier is a BIG problem.

If English was the official language in Europe there wouldnt be any language barrier would there?? I read an article where a German MP suggested English ot be the official language in ALL European countries & I agree its a good idea. Look at the USA theres people of all different nationalities & they all speak English

Australia or Canada are very good options however the reason I was looking for another European country to live in where they speak English is cause you dont need a visa, you can move to any European country straight away. However with countries like Australia,NZ,USA & Canada you need a visa ( it takes a long time to get a visa & they could refuse to grant me a visa) Also you need to use the plane to get there & I have a fear of flying

9. Posted by OldPro (Respected Member 212 posts) 25w

Well clearly, this thread is a waste of time. There is no country in Europe other than the UK and Ireland where English is the official language. That's the end of that story, so what is the point of continuing talking about it?

Just because you want something doesn't mean you will get it. That may come as a shock to some millennials I know but that is the real world.

10. Posted by Andyf (Travel Guru 639 posts) 25w

Well if you want an option, like I said Australia and New Zealand will let you in for a year to work, and you can try to take it from there. Their working holiday visas are an online application which is normally granted within a few days.

USA - forget it. Canada - I'm not sure but I gather it isn't easy like A/NZ.

Beyond that, OldPro is right, I think them's your lot.