Singaporeans have been ranked Asia’s best non-native speakers of English in a yearly international ranking. The report “The World’s Best Non-Native English Speaking Countries, 2019,” analyzed the English skills of non-native English speaking countries and regions globally.
Singapore also ranked 5th among non-native English speaking countries globally – behind Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. The island nation was also the only nation in Asia deemed to have very high proficiency in English. Coming in second in Asia is the Philippines, with an EPI of 60.14 (high proficiency).
Among the 36 Asian nations, the TOP 5 countries with the highest English proficiency were Singapore (No. 6), Philippines (No. 20), Malaysia (No. 26), Hong Kong (No. 32), and India (No. 33).
Rounding up the top 10 were: South Korea (No. 37), Taiwan (No. 38), China (No. 40), Macau (No. 41), and Vietnam (No. 52) In other parts of Asia, the United Arab Emirates came in 17th in Asia and 70th globally. Kyrgyzstan came in 36th in Asia and 99th globally, with an EPI score of 41.51 (low proficiency).
- Singapore 5
- Philippines 20
- Malaysia 26
- Hong Kong 32
- India 33
- South Korea 37
- Taiwan 38
- China 40
- Macau 41
- Islamic Republic of Pakistan
- United Arab Emirates
- Sri Lanka
- Saudi Arabia
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