Language - 1910 Travel Guide
The English language is sufficient for travel in nearly all of the countries of Europe where travelers are accustomed to go in any quantity. English is spoken by interpreters at the railroad stations, often at post offices, and invariably at all hotels of the first or even second class; also by waiters in restaurants.
The fluency of the English spoken by the employees of the Swiss railroads is some-thing phenomenal. A knowledge of French is, of course, highly desirable. The Travelers' Vocabulary, beginning on page 17, will prove of value. Baedeker's Conversation Manual. is more extensive and sells at a moderate price.