I found the following answer to the question asking “Language understandable to English speaker without learning” posted in EL&U site:
“Conversational German would be somewhat accessible to a native English speaker, but aside from conversational pleasantries afforded us all by UG, most Anglophones do not understand German.”
I’m curious to know whether there is a significant difference of meaning and nuance between English speakers and Anglophones.
OED simply defines ‘Anglophone’ as an English-speaking person, while CED defines it as a person who speaks English, especially in countries where other languages are also spoken,-e.g. Kenya and Zimbabwe, and Merriam-Webster defines it as the adjective and noun - consisting of or belonging to an English-speaking population especially in a country where two or more languages are spoken.
What is the exact definition of Anglophone? Does it mean only English speaking people of the countries that once were ruled or under the influence of the British Empire including India, Hongkong, Singapore and South Africa?
Are English speaking Belgian, French, Dutch, German, Swiss of the countries where other languages are also spoken Anglophone? How about Japanese, Chinese, or Korean English speakers?
Is there word, native Anglophone as well as native English speaker?