"Given that Poland is a heavyweight in the European Union in terms of voting strength and influence, learning Polish certainly isn't a bad idea for anyone considering a career in Brussels. Then there's the fact that speaking a language spoken by nearly 10% of the European Union, that also offers a gateway into other Slavic languages is no bad idea.
As much as you try, you're not never going to escape the fact that Poland is not some small backwater. "
my in-laws were just here in the USA to visit my wife and I. they layovered in Berlin, Paris and Amsterdam. you know what their biggest complaint was? nothing was in polish. the electronic ticket check in? no polish option. anything on the planes? nope. signs in the airport? nope.
i enjoy knowing an obscure language, my wife and i can talk smack in public all day long, but the fact still remains, Polish continues to be obscure and only spoken by poles and the random expat.