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* '''[[Arabic phrasebook|Arabic]]''' for the [[Middle East]], [[North Africa]], [[Somalia]], and [[Djibouti]].
* '''[[Russian phrasebook|Russian]]''' for [[Russia]], [[Belarus]], [[Ukraine]], the [[Baltic States]], [[Central Asia]], [[Mongolia]] and the [[Caucasus]].
* '''[[French phrasebook|French]]''' for [[France]], [[Belgium]], [[Switzerland]], [[Quebec]], [[French Guiana]],
== Using English ==
English is very much a world language — it is spoken in many countries and widely taught as a second language — and it is possible to travel almost anywhere using only English.
The map below shows the percentage of English-speakers for various nations. Keep in mind, however, that English-speakers are not evenly spread over a country. In nations where English is not the primary language, English-speakers are more likely to be found in major cities and near major tourist attractions. In [[Japan]], for example, there is a higher concentration of English-speakers in [[Tokyo]] and [[Osaka]], but the percentage drops significantly when you travel to more rural parts, like [[Shikoku]] or [[Kyushu]].
[[Image:World map percentage english speakers by country.png|thumb|center|480px|English-speaking % of population by country (grey=no data)]]
Nearly anywhere, if you stay in heavily
For a business trip, paying for good hotels and guides or translators may be the best strategy; the convenience and ability to get things done are more important than cost. For a backpacker on a tight budget, this is not a good strategy; coping with language difficulties should be considered part of the adventure. Many travellers fall somewhere between; they may choose a hotel where English is spoken, but they will also have linguistic adventures in the markets.
==Widely used expressions==