Although talking, reading or writing on our native language is easy (for me) is just choosing the shortcut and it is not good solutions, because you can lose in the meantime very good articles, threads and books.I agree here with Dakota, but...
....Sometime I need half an hour to write couple of sentences .... One day has got 24 hours, I feel that if the day had 36 hours, I would not able to read or respond to all posts what I want.
Making small group where you feel confrontable is ok...I can speak for myself, it is not just a case of comfort, because as you said
...And thinking in English is very different than Croatian, IMO...Lack of free time plays a big role,with this would greatly facilitate members with poor English skills(In my case certainly)
Casper, I can fully understand your opinion also because I'm wearing your 'skin' related to language issue, but here some points:
1. Lack of free time issue: IMO, this problem comes up everytime when we are not conscious or at least when we sleep through day so much that we are no capable to organize our time.
In article about problems with organizing our time you can found very good advices (you can found this article on both language, English and Croatian):Understanding the inner workings of your brain can improve your productivity and quality of life Razumijevanje unutrašnjih procesa vašeg mozga može unaprijediti produktivnost i kvalitetu života
When I observing (even most of the time I sleep) my self through the day I can see that sometimes goes couple a days and I didn't do anything constructive but then, in one day I do what I didn't achieve in three days. So, I don't think so that we are lacking the time, it is all about awareness, IMO.
2. It is true that sometime I need half an hour to write something on forum, but here is some good things about it:
In that way I have opportunity to not write everything what comes on my mind. I have to think clearly first with my self what I want to ask, also, when I come on the forum to ask, I have to search because probably someone already mention this subject.
Also, I can't be objective about my writing on English in this couple of months but I can say that I feel much more secure and brave to write. I feel joy when I think that I have achieved to write something understandably.
Many time, I choose to read something later because of barrier of language (probably most of us do this) but that means (for me) that I do not have enough desire or need for that subject. Trust me, when you have a problem that really bugging you, you gonna get energy and will to deal with your barrier and read what is needed to read.
3. Comfort zone - noncomfort zone
In comfort zone you can't learn or achieve some progress (IMO), and every effort to something, like reading or writing on the language that you are not comfortable is much, much easier then some other stuff like going everyday on the job where you psycopath boss terorizing you and you have to work because you will not have something to eat. Learning language is easy, you just have to sit in you comfortable chair, clicking and thinking. So, pardon me, if I see this like laziness.
To addition to benefits of learning new language here is article about it: Kako učenje novog jezika u bilo kojoj životnoj dobi utječe na mozak
and in English another article but with same context:Learning a new language expands the brain
Also, what you invest that's what you get. There's no free lunch in the Universe.
I'm not partybreaker, but this is my 2 cents.