What annoys and confuses me at the same time is that in so many 1st world countries with good education systems people can't or can barely speak English to a degree where basic communication is possible. And I'm talking about people in the age range of 20-35, not old timers, with the majority of them working in tourism or businesses. For example, I have been to France where communication was exceptionally difficult because nobody spoke neither English nor German, at all, and that with taxi drivers right at the train station and the airport, even officials, police and restaurant staff. Thankfully I speak a little French. In Italy it was pretty much the same story, just as in CZ ( and also non-Europe Japan, although to a lesser degree). I also have business contacts in Portugal where communication still proves difficult, I have only two contacts that speak either German or English, if they aren't around and things need to move quickly madness and confusion ensues. What gives? The only European country I have ever visited where the locals spoke good to near-fluent English was Iceland, and as far as I'm aware in the northern countries the situation is considerably better. English is relatively easy to learn by nearly anyone's standard and I find it so important even in my daily life, I just need it all the time. I just don't get it, its almost 2020, language barriers should not really exist anymore in 1st world countries, or am I missing something?