English starts in first grade and is prominent on TV and radio. Movies are never dubbed.GERMANY 55%
Depending on the state, English begins between ages 5 and 10. In the past decade, eastern Germany, formerly focused on Russian, has put on a big English kick.FRANCE 40%
Children start at 10, but the format is often criticized as too bookish.ITALY 39%
High school students average only one to three hours of English a week. Result: Some Roman tour guides give English spiels without understanding what the words mean.SPAIN 36%
Three hours a week starting at age 8. The government wants to lower it to kindergarten but lacks teachers.
Data: European Commission, BusinessWeek