We sunbathed on the beach next to these pretty French girls. They were very friendly, and I managed to chat with them using a bit of French and a bit of English. The first few days in France, every time I tried to speak French, what came out of my mouth was a mishmash of French, Swedish & German. But after a few days I actually was able to say a few things in French. It wasn't perfect, but at least I was able to make myself understood. Most young people in France understand some English, but only some of them speak it fluently. That's a noticable difference from Sweden.