polishfighter 1 Dec 2013 #1I've been learning Polish for a few years and am around B1/B2 level so can speak OK. I can watch the news and can deal with most every day situations. I live in Poland. However, if I meet any Poles socially and they speak English they always switch to English even if I persist in speaking Polish. Sometimes they try for a bit and then when I make one case mistake smile and then start speaking English. Why is this? I don't find it helpful. It's obvious I want to learn and speak.Even when I lived in France and spoke worse French than my Polish, people, who could speak English, just carried on in French. I want to learn Polish but only ever speak in the classroom or with my girlfriend's parents who don't speak English. But they aren't very patient either. P.S. my girlfriend isn't really patient at all either. We speak for while and then if she gets confused switches to English. She claims he can't help doing this. I don't want to stay in a country where I can't practise and learn the language.