That bugs me too, as well as the fact that people with such a poor command of the language end up with jobs in the first place.
it is not really the fault of the person employed, it is the fault of the employer, however at the same time. If you are not fit for the job and you probably would consider when dealing with the English public that a grasp of the language maybe helpful but yet still apply for such jobs!!!!.
Yet isn't that exactly what British and American people do on this site about Poland ?
Look at some of the threads on here where the complaints about Poland are numerous and how many British and American people can speak Polish.
we are not talking about British people abroad, we are talking about THIS country and the people in THIS country, not those outside of it. So could we please keep this on 'topic' your a teacher so you can read the topic i assume :). It really annoys me when you get all high and mighty, don't do it!!!
It's the same the world over and is not unique to Polish people in the UK. It's fairly obvious that people will use their native language first if they are with family or friends , whichever Country they happen to be in.
as i said above, i was not picking on the Polish but this is a Polish forum, is it not??
I don't care when the Polish speak Polish, i just care about them being able to have a conversation when providing me with a service, is that to much to ask??
If a Company recruits foreign workers and puts them into a job where they have to speak to people then it's the Company's fault for recruiting the wrong people don't you think ? You can't blame foreigners if they apply for a job and they are put into the wrong job function can you ?
i've covered that above, there is blame with both parties, i don't apply for jobs that ask me to speak Dutch because i cannot speak it. Surely its the same for Poles who cannot speak English, work in a factory, not at the front of a shop directly involved with customers.
How do you know they aren't trying to 'fit in' as you put it ? You just said yourself that when they turn round to you they attempt to speak in English. Surely that is trying to 'fit in' ? It's hard to learn a foreign language and assimilate oneself into another Country, it isn't as easy as you think it may be. Go and live in Poland for a while <or any other foreign country > and feel the experience first hand for yourself.
I don't mind people attempting to speak English, in fact at university/college etc etc i used to help Polish/French etc etc with a bit of English language here and there. The problem arises when you put people who cannot speak english, in a position where they need to speak it.
why do english people that come to poland cant speak polish?
why do english people that come to spain cant speak spanish?
i have been in so many bars in spain where i have to speak english because the fuc*ing waiter cant speak spanish , so fuc* this thread
ps : and not only that , you do the force to speak english with the waiter and look like you are from other planet in your own country
lol, as i said above, read the topic :)