my lodger is far from stupid.
I did not say he is,or did I?
he learned russian and german in poland.
And so have I but I am not claiming to be fluent in any of them because I am not yet I could easily convince you that I am as you have no clue.What I am saying is that there is no way for you to know wheter someone is fluent or not in the language you don't speak at at least intermediate level.
i cant understand how hard it is for him to pick up english.on a daily basis i give him new words to learn. sometimes he remembers,sometimes not. my opinion is that he has been put off by the grammar as well.its totally opposite to polish grammar.i think he is scared of learning and is worried he will make mistakes.however, i have explained that if he wants to stay in the uk, he needs to learn english.
See the point is that IF he's FLUENT in German he should have no problems with learning English as it's much easier to become FLUENT in English than it is in German.
he worked in italy and portugal and picked up both languages.dont know to what degree
And?I spent 2 months in Paris, picked up some French words and can even put together few sentences in French but does it make me fluent in French?Hell no!
Oh,and guess what, I am not even fluent in English even though I live among Americans (including my 2 American ex wifes) in the US for the last 7 years.