How To Say ‘Do You Speak English?’ In 10 Languages

In case of emergency abroad, use this guide to learn how to ask “Do you speak English?” in 10 different languages.
August 1, 2018

When you’re visiting another country, we highly recommend learning some of the local language so you can have more authentic and memorable experiences. But sometimes, like in an emergency or an urgent situation, there’s no time for language barriers. For that rare but important occasion, here’s how to ask, “do you speak English?” in 10 different languages, which is the polite thing to do in another country, rather than just launching right into English.

1. Spanish: ¿Hablas Inglés?

2. French: Tu parles anglais ?

3. German: Sprichst du Englisch?

4. Italian: Parli inglese?

5. Portuguese: Você fala inglês?

6. Swedish: Pratar du engelska?

7. Indonesian: Apakah kamu bicara bahasa Inggris?

8. Russian: Ты говоришь по-английски? (Ty govorish’ po-angliyski?)

9. Dutch: Spreek jij Engels?

10. Polish: Mówisz po angielsku?

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Dylan Lyons
Dylan is a senior content producer, overseeing video and podcast projects for the U.S. team. He studied journalism at Ithaca College and previously managed social media for CBS News. He’s currently pursuing his MBA part-time at NYU Stern. His interests include podcasts, puppies, politics, alliteration, reading, writing, and dessert. Dylan lives in New York City.
Dylan is a senior content producer, overseeing video and podcast projects for the U.S. team. He studied journalism at Ithaca College and previously managed social media for CBS News. He’s currently pursuing his MBA part-time at NYU Stern. His interests include podcasts, puppies, politics, alliteration, reading, writing, and dessert. Dylan lives in New York City.

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