Anglophone
ˈaŋɡlə(ʊ)fəʊn/
adjective
  1. 1.
    English-speaking.
    “the population is largely anglophone”
noun
  1. 1.
    an English-speaking person.

Travelling broadens your horizons, but when you’re like me and speak one and a half languages ( I speak, read and write English fluently and I understand Twi – a language spoken in Ghana –  but I can’t speak it well) you’re more likely to suffer from what I call the ‘anglophone attitude’:

  • Expecting everyone and their mother’s mother to speak English in a country where English is not a native or official language. 

I found myself displaying this in Berlin – luckily, Germans in Berlin, especially in the tourist areas spoke English very well, but I found myself thinking ‘why didn’t I learn a few phrases in German before flying?’

Considering I was there for less than 24 hours I didn’t feel the need to, but it would’ve been nice to speak a little German. I also assumed everyone in Berlin knew how to speak English – Anglophone attitude.

From now on, I’ll make it a point to have some basic knowledge of language wherever I travel to.

Do you speak another language or  learning to speak one? How do you kerb the anglophone attitude?

 

Tiffany Afia 

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