No, actually; he retired a few years ago a rather well-off man. (He happens to be my cousin as well, so we've stayed in touch.)
Ask him how he honestly evaluates your capacities now, or better, try to write a progam in JAVA. Nothing is better than first-hand experience.
But I suspect you've missed the point of this anecdote, which is that you haven't provided any evidence (anecdotal or otherwise) for any of the claims in you previous post.
The anecdote shows me that your cousin liked to joke, or was eager to find collaborators of any kind (provided that at the time he had some experience with the required skills for the job - BTW there are very specific tests hardly related with language skills ).
I don't see how Esperanto is any different than any other language in that respect. It's usually well apparent the moment you try to communicate in a language you've studied whether you actually have a decent command of it or not.
You don't see, no wonder. How could you, you have not experienced it. Usually learning the grammar and a decent vocabulary of a languages takes years;
In Esperanto weeks.
It most likely is, given that I don't make a point of associating with Esperantists.
That's your right
But neither sample is remotely scientific (which gets back to my point about the lack of support for your claims, above).
Glad to hear that. Indeed my sample, is highly biased because it contains chiefly people who travel (so have some money, but not not too much to have to stay with friends, and have a job that gives them a lot of free time to travel)
this is once again something you've asserted without a shred of proof.
What theorem do you want me to prove. Outside of mathematics, there is no proof possible.
There are merely statistics and personal experience (what I trust most).
Perhaps you are that sort of guy who needs to refer to some authority when he can check easily on his own.
I've got absolutely no reason to assume that Esperantists are any more multilingual than any other population.
Well then, take my word for it! Or move your ass and go to some congress (next in Havana - You will be able to practise your Spanish)
It always amazed me that people who claim knowing as many languages as you do, cannot spend 3 days to read "La fundamento" (http://www.akademio-de-esperanto.org/fundamento/
) en complete the 42 exercises.
That makes me wonder about their language skills. Or the prejudices against the language must be very deeply rooted indeed. Very strange that an apparently innocent language can generate such hate reactions from people who do not know a word from it.
Oh, I forgot: you don't have any interest and three days of your precious time are really excessive to reach the conclusion that indeed grammar and vocabulary are not sufficient.