what can i say, i flat out disagree.
You're entitled to, of course.
YOUR reason. how can you ask me a question based on YOUR reasoning when I already disagree with it?
I asked no question. It was a statement, if you go looking for question marks you'll be disappointed. You have however, failed to explain your counter argument to this sentence.
as for the other things you wrote, i can see you totally missed points i was making and/or misinterpreted what i wrote and I don't have the time to entertain any of it so I'll just say this: do the 1,000 in france/1,000 in poland pole every month, with random groups chosen every time.....and you will constantly see, by a HUGE margin, that the expats in France are above and beyond in reading, writing and speaking French than the expats in Poland are with their polish skills. the reason for this is that french is simply easier to learn, an easier language to make progress with through simple osmosis and faaaaar more user friendly in general.
Other people seem to have proven your argument a little flimsy here, I'm afraid. As I have alluded to before, English-speaking expats tend to form a little bubble of English with them wherever they go, some do not of course, unfortunate that they are in the minority. What I have found though, is that people have the power to make a language very difficult, or very easy for themselves based on their own mindset when going in to learning the language.
you are not helping your argument here. you have essentially supported the fact that the pool is made up of completely random, different types of people.....which is why the pole/survey is 1,000 people, not 10, for both languages. some are doing one thing, some are doing another, some are doing another......in both countries.
Fuzzy, you could take 10,000 English-speaking expats from each country and still find that both are doing equally miserable in both countries. Adding to the fact that French happens to be a more popular language than Polish, with more resources and more 'chic' value, therefore results will be skewed no matter how you conduct this survey. In other words, unless you can find 10,000 people with the exact same motivations, interests, time and money on their hands in both countries, and provide them with the exact same quality of learning materials (or give both sides NO learning materials) it's a completely useless litmus test.
It appears to me that quite a lot of people learning a language like to make it out to be a lot more difficult than it actually is, perhaps to create the illusion that they've climbed a higher mountain than somebody else... It is as if you think your efforts to learn Polish are somehow more praise-worthy than somebody with equal skill in French or Italian, simply because you got a more 'difficult' language to learn.