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    Eastern European Countries

    I know there are a few Eastern European people hang out here.

    By any chance is there any truth that several Eastern European Countries speak German as a second language?

    I asked out international rep (who is US based and English) and he said no. I am not convinced yet.

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    Yes and no.

    Many used to have Russian as their second language, probably still do.

    Most Poles I've ever met were better at German than English, but then again Poland shares a long border with Germany so that makes sense.

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    I've always thought Austria had German as second language and Switzerland had it as 3d, is that correct, Wit?

    As for Russian, yes, many ex-USSR countries (or those who were close to it) do know Russian well

    P.S. Edited to include this list from W-a:
    # Austria
    # Belgium (with Dutch and French)
    # Germany
    # Liechtenstein
    # Luxembourg (with French and Luxembourgish)
    # Italy
    * Province of Bolzano-Bozen (together with Italian and Ladin)
    # Namibia National language (regional spoken)
    # Switzerland

    As Wit said, I'd expect neighbours to those countries to know German, too. That being said, some Russians learn German or French (instead of or in addition to English), too. Can't completely rule out the other countries.

    You can also take a look here:
    http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0855611.html
    Last edited by A.N.Onym; 03-14-2009 at 12:13 AM.
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    I think that both Austria and Switzerland have some form of "German" as their first language. But I wouldn't class them as "Eastern European" (even though "Austria" means something like "Eastern Empire" )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wit View Post
    Yes and no.

    Many used to have Russian as their second language, probably still do.

    Most Poles I've ever met were better at German than English, but then again Poland shares a long border with Germany so that makes sense.
    Wit, Russian as second language is past. Most people have already forgotten this language.

    As to the German -- it also depends on the age. In school there is much more English than German.

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    Thanks for clarifying, Rafał

    But that's it then If not even Polish schools have adopted German as the "second language".......

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    I am from Russia --

    In Eastern EU countries they speak better English as their second lang

    Russian is almost gone in those countries

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    I am not familiar with this. Can anyone provide me some info about this. Thanks.

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