It's all about motivation to learn not ability to learn in our case.
I imagine that unlike many people on the forum I speak and write to communicate and not because i like the look of my words or the sound of my voice.
It seems that for many, learning a foreign language warrents a badge of some sorts - a selfcongratulatory pat on the back at the very least. I speak 2 of the 3 most commonly used langauges - I can communicate with a lot of people in a lot of places. Great. Job done
When I move countries I learn the local language I need for basic survival and niceties - everything else is largely done in English. Its easier. It's not worth my time or effort to bother learning the local lingo. Not being rude or anything like
Why, as a native English speaker, should I have some sort of shame thrust upon my because I cant speak half a dozen langauges to perfection? Is this about communication or some sort of competition. Englighten me. Please