Just because your cab driver doesn’t want to coddle you in English, doesn’t mean they can’t. The Cambridge English Language Assessment body said yesterday that Argentines speak the ‘best English’ in the region.
At a special event hosted at the British embassy, British Diplomats and representatives from the Cambridge body praised the English ability of Argentina. They also encouraged further bilingualism to deepen connections in our increasingly globalized world.
According to a 2015 report issued by the body, Argentina is the country with the “greatest proficiency” in English in the Latin American world.
The Cambridge body provides English language instruction and certifications accepted by over 20,000 global organizations. It is associated with the University of Cambridge – no surprises there – one of the consistently highest ranked universities in the world. The body has offices in Buenos Aires, Tigre and Salta Province, in case your English needs some work. But if so, good on you for making it this far, amigo.
At one point in the evening, Manager of the Cambridge body, Graeme Harrison, played a now well-known video of Macri speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and asked if he qualified for bilingual status. The crowd was divided over whether he was or not, yet Graeme claimed it was all a shade of grey. Leaving the rest of us asking why the question was asked in the first place.
In any case, Macri’s English leaves something to be desired. In the video, after a few stumbles, Macri gains his feet – no, not his daddy-dance feet – and spoke fairly fluently.
While his accent and pace is described by some as “eeh” his English, as with so many Argentines, is a blessing to solo ingles travelers and ex-pats alike.