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Swedes 'Best in the World' at English
The Local ^ | 26 Oct 12

Posted on 10/26/2012 2:48:41 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Swedes have the highest proficiency in English as a second language in the world, according to a new study which tested nearly 2 million people in 54 countries.

Sweden, which finished fourth last year, moved up to first place in the study, carried out by education company Education First.

“We are extremely proud that Swedes are the best in the world at English,” said Mats Ulenius, the head of Sweden’s branch of Education first.

“One of the factors of our success is that we begin with English education already in lower school. Another is that we are exposed to a lot of English as we travel a lot, our TV programmes aren’t dubbed and we use the internet a lot.”

Scandinavian companies performed well in the study, with Denmark in second place, Finland in fourth and Norway in fifth. The leading country from 2011’s study, the Netherlands, finished third this year.

“For an export-driven country like Sweden, good English is extremely important. The report has also shown that English is a key factor for economic welfare. A better handle on English goes hand in hand with higher income, more export, a good innovation climate, and better business,” Ulenius said.

Furthermore, the study revealed that women spoke better English than men due to more women studying humanities and attending university in general. The best age range for English proficiency was 26-35 years old.

The language test was made up of 100 online questions about grammar, reading and hearing comprehension, as well as vocabulary.

Education First is a language company that was founded in Lund, southern Sweden, in 1965 in the hope of bridging language, cultural and geographical barriers.


TOPICS: Education; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: english; language; sweden

1 posted on 10/26/2012 2:48:44 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
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2 posted on 10/26/2012 2:52:15 PM PDT by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: nickcarraway

Who cares? They’re also first in the world with beautiful blondes. Talk to me about stuff that matters.


3 posted on 10/26/2012 2:53:03 PM PDT by johniegrad
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To: nickcarraway

That’s great but they better get to work on their arabic.


4 posted on 10/26/2012 2:53:28 PM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: nickcarraway

I wonder where Great Britain ranked?


5 posted on 10/26/2012 2:53:40 PM PDT by Rebel_Ace (Tags?!? Tags?!? We don' neeeed no stinkin' Tags!)
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To: nickcarraway

It goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway.

I wonder how well (poorly, actually) a cross-section of native, English-speaking US public school teachers would fare on that same test.

I shudder to think of how most US public school students and graduates would do.


6 posted on 10/26/2012 2:54:22 PM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: WesternCulture

Ping.


7 posted on 10/26/2012 3:01:02 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: nickcarraway

This has been true for a long time. I used to do a lot of work in Sweden in the 90s and I was amazed that pretty much all corporate documents were in English. When I walked in the door of an office, even before anyone knew that I was American, they greeted me in English. I’m surprised Swedish people still know how to speak and write in Swedish.


8 posted on 10/26/2012 3:28:25 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: nickcarraway
Swedes have the highest proficiency in English as a second language in the world

Also in the study: 'Inner city Americans have the worst rate at English!!'

9 posted on 10/26/2012 3:31:47 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (Yes, Obama, I had help with my business. MY CUSTOMERS!)
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To: nickcarraway; WesternCulture
Swedes have the highest proficiency in English as a second language in the world. . . .

That would be true for most Swedes I know, EXCEPT for some of my cousin's family, who run the Henriksson family farm. Older and more rural Swedes tend not to be as good in English.

10 posted on 10/26/2012 3:34:10 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Swedish-American.)
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To: 1234; A knight without armor; AIM-54; Allan; american colleen; AndyPH; anguish; AzSteven; ...
Ping to the Swedish Ping List.
11 posted on 10/26/2012 3:37:02 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Swedish Ping List master.)
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12 posted on 10/26/2012 3:40:48 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: nickcarraway
South of the Mason-Dixon Line is where English as a second language is best spoken. For example:

Uhlana, Joja (Atlanta, Georgia), CAY ro seen (kerosene),
Raffle (Either a sale or a gun). Take that you Swedes!

13 posted on 10/26/2012 3:41:05 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: johniegrad

What about the women?


14 posted on 10/26/2012 3:43:04 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: count-your-change

ROFL!

I wonder how you will butcher Aussie English to size...


15 posted on 10/26/2012 3:47:06 PM PDT by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: count-your-change

Yes. I’m not into blonde guys.


16 posted on 10/26/2012 3:48:29 PM PDT by johniegrad
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To: nickcarraway
Been to Sweden many times. You can't find anyone younger than 50 who doesn't speak English well.
17 posted on 10/26/2012 3:57:32 PM PDT by Timmy
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To: Zeppo
I shudder to think of how most US public school students and graduates would do.

Dey be doin' bad if you axe me.

18 posted on 10/26/2012 3:58:33 PM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: nickcarraway

Swedish is part of Germanic language group,just like English. Being relatively smaller in terms of the number of speakers, it’s easy for them to adopt English compared to their bigger relative, the German themselves.


19 posted on 10/26/2012 4:03:35 PM PDT by paudio (4Bs: Big-bird, Binders, Bayonets, and... Bullshiter ! <= New 0bama's campaign slogan)
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To: James C. Bennett

I think Aussies are still in the “Cowboy Myth” stage. Only for them it’s the Outback instead of the West. Just as the hardliving cowpoke had his own lingo so does Aussie English.

For example: Mite (either flea like or friend but not wife)
or Bier (either a stand for a corpse or the brewed drink).

To most words the voice must be raised slightly at the end to produce the distinctive sound of Aussiespeak. Americans tend to drop the voice at the end of words, not every time but more often than not.


20 posted on 10/26/2012 4:16:34 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Rebel_Ace
I wonder where Great Britain ranked?

Heh. I just almost spit a Bloody Mary all over the keyboard -- and I would have held you responsible!

21 posted on 10/26/2012 5:00:12 PM PDT by BfloGuy (Teach a man to fish and you lose a Democratic voter.)
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To: nickcarraway; WesternCulture; Charles Henrickson; mikrofon
Swedes 'Best in the World' at English

Peh.

I find that to be ...

... to be ...

what's the word?

22 posted on 10/27/2012 7:08:39 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: nickcarraway; WesternCulture; Charles Henrickson; mikrofon

REEDICCALUS!


23 posted on 10/27/2012 7:09:42 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: nickcarraway; martin_fierro; Charles Henrickson

Although Arabic is probably gaining rapidly...


24 posted on 10/27/2012 8:30:55 AM PDT by mikrofon (Stockholm Sweet Stockholm)
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To: martin_fierro
Elisabeth Hille, a former is an amateur poker player from Norway, but I was surprised to hear her speaking almost perfect English during interviews at this year's WSOP. She cashed out in 11th place with $590,442 in winnings!

Not a blonde, but she can wait on me...


25 posted on 10/27/2012 8:47:32 AM PDT by WVKayaker ("Mitt Romney couldn't keep up with lies and spin of Barack Obama" - Sarah Palin 10/24)
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To: martin_fierro
Elisabeth Hille, a former WAITRESS is an amateur poker player from Norway, but I was surprised to hear her speaking almost perfect English during interviews at this year's WSOP.

OOPS!

26 posted on 10/27/2012 8:48:59 AM PDT by WVKayaker ("Mitt Romney couldn't keep up with lies and spin of Barack Obama" - Sarah Palin 10/24)
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To: WVKayaker
WHEW! Glad we got that straightened out!

CA....

27 posted on 10/30/2012 7:50:33 AM PDT by Chances Are (Seems I've found that silly grin again....)
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To: WVKayaker
WHEW! Glad we got that straightened out!

CA....

28 posted on 10/30/2012 7:53:22 AM PDT by Chances Are (Seems I've found that silly grin again....)
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To: Rebel_Ace
I wonder where Great Britain ranked?

I don't know, but I can't watch BBC America shows without closed captioning turned on. I suspect that the Brits have the same problem with American TV.

29 posted on 10/30/2012 8:03:08 AM PDT by DeFault User
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