That's a bit of a cop out. People have always moved to other countries, and very few of them 'go to school' to learn the lingo. They pick it up by talking to people.
Makes you wonder what he was doing then, doesn't it? Hiding under a cupboard perhaps??
He must have lived a very isolated lifestyle, or the community he lived in was predominantly Spanish speaking.
Exactly. I'm sure if you had to live in France that within the year you'd be pretty fluent. He's had the best part of 20 years to learn English.
The French are very eager to speak and learn English, but if you go there to live they expect that you speak their language and quite right too.