But that might be what is meant by "Definitions of "English-speaking" vary by country".
P.S. I’m French and now I know there are more than 20 mill. like me :-)
there is definitely a difference between countries and how fluent they are in english, but I dont think the above ahs anything to do with it.
The country, on the other hand, is completely different. Pretty difficult finding anyone there who knows any English beyond the basics. That's probably why the total percentage is only about a fifth of the population.
I'm guessing the people that Kal encountered are urban poor, who might fall somewhere between the educated and the rural poor in terms of proficiency.
This is absolutely true if you ignore the data presented in this quiz, and also the rest of reality.
*and* according to the the data on Wikipedia, even given the probably much more stringent standard for "English speaking" used in Europe, *still*, every single country in Europe minus Russia (and possibly Belarus and Moldova) have a higher percentage of English-speakers than Mexico. The only reason Mexico shows up is that they have such a high total population.
Obnoxiously condescending and demonstrably wrong is *such* an attractive combo...
Noone I have ever met from there spoke anything but italian
English. Certainly the younger generations will, but what about the older people?
Even if you try to speak Dutch to them they will give you a look of mild contempt and tell you, in English, that they can speak English. They are almost insulted that you thought they couldn't, even if you are simply trying to practice your Dutch.