In the UK, teaching a second language is compulsory since 2010. In the US, foreign languages are usually taught in high school. Same in Australia. Enrollment numbers are quite embarrassing though.
Americans, Brits, and others from the Anglosphere don't really have the need to learn a foreign language as much as mainland Europeans do. English is the lingua franca.
McDouche, the Dutch and the Germans APPEAR to know English "better" than many mainland Europeans merely because they're more skillful in concealing their native accents, that's all.
I disagree. They generally do a better job of grasping the language than Mediterraneans or Slavs. This is expected though since English, German, and Dutch are all Germanic languages.
Poles would probably be better at learning Russian than Germans would be.