From the posts made it would seem Europeans speak German better than they can read it . Reading German is what they will do on a web page .
How about Esperanto ? Do all Europeans learn that ?
Now on my soap box about here in the USA .
We have bilingual education but it is only one direction .
Hispanic children in the Texas school system can get additional help to learn English .
I can just imagine the response to anglo-saxon parents wanting an equivalent bilingual class for their children . This certainly isn't done here putting those children at a disadvantage when an employer wants a bilingual employee . Those parents don't pay less school taxes & many time actually pay more.
I'm talking about this starting in kindergarten for the Hispanic children.
English only speaking children have to wait to High School to take foreign language classes . That doesn't work nearly as well. Even then they are correct Spanish & not that good . I know because I took a year of high school Spanish .
What English only speaking children need here to get a bilingual job is local Mexican taught to them early also. I don't see that happening.
Local Mexican is Spanish but only sort of . It also had English , altered English , & Native American Indian from both South & North of the US/Mexico border mixed together. There is also "slang" beyond that.
Back off the soap box.
Some of the above probably applies to all Europeans being taught German . Their own countries language affecting the German dialect they learn.