Posted: Jun 09, 2016 11:28 am
by tuco
Well, you are obviously exceptional with languages and so is your point of view on this.

There was a debate whether, or rather how well, Slaves would understand each other 600 years ago. And now I forgot the point .. ;) Lets go back couple of decades then. When Czechs and Slovaks were living in one country (prior to 1991) both languages were used in media thus perhaps everyone understood almost everything. Those born after the split, today's kids and young people, often do not understand many Slovak words, Czech respectively, despite similarities between the two languages. Over one generation language proficiency dropped dramatically just because people did not get to hear the other language.

Indeed, it depends. Poland is no small economy (40mil? pop).