I was born in Poland post — communist country, my country was hidden behind the iron curtain. During my parents schools times children were forced to learn Russian language not English, it is very important. When iron curtain collapsed and Poland joined EU, I emigrated to UK, to learn and study in UK.
Probably if we did not join EU, my second language would be Russian, I just cannot imagine this, I would not be able to whatch movies like native English speaker, I would never learn English as good, as I speak now – my english is not so perfect, but it is enough to set my mind and live in western world – it is real blessing. I love English 🙂