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21 Oct 2011, 5:32 am

Not a great deal. I hear the language all the time walking through London and find it very beautiful, so much so that i have started to learn it.



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08 Sep 2012, 7:24 pm

John Kerry forgot Poland.
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09 Sep 2012, 6:26 am

FSO was the state run auto company. If my knowledge is correct, they got their start making a license built copy of the Soviet GAZ M20 Poebda (Victory) called the Warszawa (the GAZ M20 was also the basis for North Korea's first production car as well). Later, like other communist block countries, they built licensed copies of Fiat designs, notably the "Polski-Fiat" 125p and 127. The 125p would later go on to form the basis of the Polonez, a car made famous by the hateful vitriol spewed forth at it's expense by Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson.

As for other things I know about Poland, The Solidarity trade union, led by Lek Walesa, was instrumental in bringing communism to a close during the 1980's. It's also known as the place with the cheapest petrol prices in Europe. If memory serves, it was also home to numerous notable mathematicians, but their names escape me right now.

I'd also add in some of the history of World War II in the mix as well, notably the Katyn Massacre. This is not well known of in the US, but what happened is that the Soviets massacred Polish military officers, police, and intellectuals whom they were holding prisoner of war and then blamed the Germans. According to Wikipedia, about 22,000 Poles were murdered by the Soviets.


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09 Sep 2012, 8:17 am

Aside from what many users already typed:

People (foreigners) cannot seem to pronounce the ł as in Wrocław
Some of my relatives invaded Poland :oops:



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09 Sep 2012, 8:19 am

CyborgUprising wrote:
People (foreigners) cannot seem to pronounce the ł as in Wrocław


"Vroshav?" That's how a Pole told me how it was pronounced.

Must get watching them Polish animation DVDs I have...



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09 Sep 2012, 6:51 pm

The food is good and the women are beautiful. Is there anything else to know?



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09 Sep 2012, 8:36 pm

Besides the fact that you all produced Chopin, I do know one thing about your country.

In the 13th centurey the Mongols invaded and plundered and took away all of your vowels.

Thats why your words still dont contain vowels!

Youve managed retake your land from the Swedes, the Austrians, the Germans, and the Russians.

But you all still havent regained your vowels![u]



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10 Sep 2012, 2:45 am

Tequila wrote:
CyborgUprising wrote:
People (foreigners) cannot seem to pronounce the ł as in Wrocław


"Vroshav?" That's how a Pole told me how it was pronounced.

Must get watching them Polish animation DVDs I have...


Vroh-ts-wav



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10 Sep 2012, 2:50 am

naturalplastic wrote:
Besides the fact that you all produced Chopin, I do know one thing about your country.

In the 13th centurey the Mongols invaded and plundered and took away all of your vowels.

Thats why your words still dont contain vowels!

Youve managed retake your land from the Swedes, the Austrians, the Germans, and the Russians.

But you all still havent regained your vowels![u]


We have many cool wovels you, English speaking folks don't have :twisted:

IPA Polish script Example
/i/ i miś ('teddy bear')
/ɛ/ e ten ('this one')
/ɨ/ y mysz ('mouse')
/a/ a ptak ('bird')
/u/ u / ó bum ('boom')
/ɔ/ o kot ('cat')
/ɛ̃/ ę węże ('snakes')
/ɔ̃/ ą wąż ('snake')

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10 Sep 2012, 1:23 pm

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I just googled "The Silver Sword" - it seems it was never published in my country while it's considered literary classic of children's war literature elsewhere. But if some of the names used in the book are Polish, then I'm queen Victoria.


Your Majesty ! ! It is indeed a treat that you should take the time to write to us ! !

I know a little bit about Poland as I obsess about World War II and have read quite a lot of history, which involves a lot of sad chapters regarding Poland and of course the German concentration camps.

Beyond that my wife's maiden name was Schimonsky and we have gone to a local Polish festival several times which was great fun as it was all about dancing, eating, and drinking ! ! (And people speaking Polish.)


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10 Sep 2012, 1:28 pm

Kielbasa, yo.

Sorry, I don't know much about Poland... :(


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10 Sep 2012, 4:50 pm

Tequila wrote:
CyborgUprising wrote:
People (foreigners) cannot seem to pronounce the ł as in Wrocław


"Vroshav?" That's how a Pole told me how it was pronounced.

Must get watching them Polish animation DVDs I have...


close, but I've always heard it said by those in the Polish neighborhood as "vrotswaf (the "o" soulds like the "oh" in the German word "roh" and the "f" has a slightly v-ish sound."

Now of course, my grandfather called it "Breslau."



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11 Sep 2012, 5:48 am

HAHAHA!! ! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: Schimonsky? Her ancestors' last name must have been Szymoński then - quite a common one -and later it was adapted for the rules of English spelling. Gran had a fiance as a girl, whose last name was Kiełbasa and she refused marrying him, for she didn't want to be a woman having such a silly, plebean last name :lol: Indeed, a "v" at the end of a word does sound like an "f", if you don't have a really good pronunciation.



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11 Sep 2012, 5:55 am

Albirea wrote:
Kielbasa, yo.


Polish sausages can be absolutely excellent (and often better than some flavors of British sausages). They can also taste bloody awful. Depends on the kind of flavouring of sausage I think.



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11 Sep 2012, 6:24 am

My first love who is still my best mate is Polish. His mother would not like me because I am German if she knew my heritage.