According to the 2019 EF English Proficiency Index (EPI), Belarusians speak better English than their neighbours in the East and South.
A global study on English proficiency among non-native speakers from 100 countries has ranked Belarus 47th, placing it in a low proficiency category. The country slipped dramatically by nine spots compared to the last year. Interestingly, Minsk residents got in a moderate proficiency category.
Although there is not so much to brag about, the ranking shows Belarus is ahead of its neighbours in Russia and Ukraine. Belarusians can navigate an English-speaking country as a tourist, engage in small talk with colleagues and understand simple emails from colleagues.
On the other hand, our neighbours in Lithuania (high proficiency) and Poland (very high proficiency) have a way better command of English. An average person there can use nuanced and appropriate language, read advanced texts with ease, negotiate a contract with a native English speaker, make a presentation at work, understand TV shows and read a newspaper
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The company’s 2019 ranking is based on the results of an online proficiency exam in reading and listening taken by 2.3 million people worldwide. It placed the Netherlands No. 1 in the world, while Singapore topped the Asian rankings. The country with the lowest English proficiency is Libya, followed by Kyrgyzstan, Saudi Arabia and Iraq.