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26 Jan 2009

I haven't read it, but judging on what I heard about it, that's rather a shame...

And What?! Lord of the Flies in gimnazjum?! Maybe it's about kids, but rather not for kids. Who the hell made that list?
26 Jan 2009

Where one happens to live is immaterial.

Well, if you've never been to a place, you can't really know what it's like. And your posts are a great proof of it.
26 Jan 2009

WTF?! Can't be true. I finished high school not so long ago and never heard of such a thing. Contemporary lit. is very limited in the curriculum and it comprises mostly of Polish books.

as a part of the Polish 'student crowd', I agree - Coelho is not too popular among us. Reading Coelho is considered, well... not too prestigious.

The last time one of my mates praised Coelho was in gimnazjum (junior high, age 13-15).
25 Jan 2009
Food / Where do you go shopping for food in Poland? [26]

Don't be too sure on that Switezianka, a PhD friend of mine at the National Veterinary Institute here in Puławy, did comparison research between vegetables bought in supermarkets and those bought on a market...and the results were quite shocking with the market vegetables having four times more pathogens than the ones from supermarkets. The worst culprit he found was lettuce for some strange reason.
This was put down to unhygienic handling and he actually witnessed one of the sellers going to toilet, and then afterwords carried on selling without washing their hands.

So what? Veggies from supermarket taste like toilet paper.
And I can always wash my veggies.

Anyway, it's just more fun to go to a street market in autumn and see all those colourful stalls with apples, pears, prunes, peppers, nuts, many kinds of onions etc. And in the market you can always get the freshest seasonal fruit (cherries or strawberries rule!) and field-grown tomatos (the only ones with real taste).
25 Jan 2009
Life / Drugs for a cold/fever in Poland? [11]

mafalda, but remeber one thing - don't combine these drugs! Most of them contain paracetamol, so combining them, you can overdose.
23 Jan 2009
Language / Tak bardo chcialbym/ Tak duzo mowic??? [13]

"Czy muszę panstwo tak dużo mowić?" ?

Do you have to talk so much?

"Tak bardzo chciałbym...!"?

So much, I would like...
23 Jan 2009
Life / Drugs for a cold/fever in Poland? [11]

Tabcin is one of the most effective. But I don't know the ingredients. For sure it's something different than Fervex.
19 Jan 2009
Life / Facebook - is it popular in Poland? [22]

Nasza klasa is originally a site where people were supposed to look for class-mates from the past. They logged on, looked for their school, their class and contacted their childhood friends. And sometimes it changed with a big community portal that has nothing to do with looking for one's class mates. But still, it's something completely different from Facebook.

Back to the topic: I have many Polish Facebook friends, so I guess it is popular.
2 Jan 2009
Life / Where to buy household furniture Lodz [19]

some bigger stores I can think of:

Domus, Piotrkowska 190
Black Red White, Brukowa, very close to Aleksandrowska
and I heard there's something big in M1, Brzezińska 27/29

If you need any household facilities, I recommend Art-Dom, Kasprzaka 6
29 Dec 2008
Language / Polish Metafor [4]

However, I cannot succeed in understanding how a moon can be half-naked, even metaphorically.

What is naked, is exposed. The part of the moon that is lighted by the sun is exposed to us, so "half-naked moon" might mean that half of the moon is exposed to our eyes, or that it is in the first or final quarter.
28 Dec 2008

osiol:What's Polish for "the hair of the dog that bit you"?

Klin :-) One word is enough.

And this is how I learn that idiom:
20 Dec 2008
News / Poland's Most Quoted [22]

i think it's Jachowicz...

I asked my Latin teacher. She said it was Cicero...
15 Dec 2008
Love / Polish girlfriend and birth control! [62]

ok I may have come off a little crude in my earlier posts..

Crude or not, never mind the language. You have had sex with a girl for some time and you haven't even discussed the contraception issue. That is the worst thing.

We do love each other and I am fully prepared to provide for her and the baby if that was to happen.

I beg to differ. You are not even fully prepared to have sex. You know, sex is an adult thing, not some game for kids who don't see any problem with putting a teenager at a risk of being pregnant. If you're not mature enough to date a girl, I doubt if you're mature enough to be a father.

Besides pulling out has worked fine so far.

I heard one doctor saying that "pulling out" is a method that produced half of Poland's population...
15 Dec 2008
Genealogy / My grandpa was from Poland - Gresom Jopfa [44]

If you don't mind giving an answer, what is your background?

No problem. As far as I know, pure Polish. And I don't think it's racist, when someone attributes my fair skin, greyish blonde hair and face features to my Slavic origin ]:-)

he kind of thinking that Jews are an ethnic group and not a religious group is the same kind of thinking that occurred on both sides leading to the Holocaust. Were you educated in the United States or in a country where myths and prejudices continue to be perpetuated to the detriment of all? Or have you bought into some contrived myth of oneness despite an education that would have taught you correctly?

I have read a lot of bullsh*t about Jews in my life, but I haven't heard anything like that. What the hell is the source of that? Looks like some kind of political correctness...

That "myth" is the basic belief of judaism and factor that held Jews together for centuries, not letting them give up their culture.

You don't all live in Israel? No kidding, I live in New York City and there are many Jews here. Do you know what their ethnicity is? White Americans, black Americans, Middle Eastern Americans, and others.

First of all "Americans" is not ethnicity but nationality. If there is anything like "American" ethnicity, it's not white, black or middle eastern, but Native American.

Anyway, this will be good for a start:

As it happens, I have now found online my grandfather's immigration record. He came over to New York in 1937 from Poland.

Does anyone here deny he came from Poland?

They all practice Judaism, but I can guarantee you that the black girl who lives next door whose parents came here from Ethiopia and my white Jewish friend whose ancestors have been in America longer than mine sure as heck aren't the same ethnicity.

If you had any idea about Jewish history, you'd know why Ethiopian Jews are different from Ashkenazis.

(Jews don't have baptisms, do they?)

Neither do atheists.
14 Dec 2008
Genealogy / My grandpa was from Poland - Gresom Jopfa [44]

Please don't say that big nose thing, that is so horrible, even if my grandfather is not Jewish. But it is antisemitic and wrong, it's disgusting.

What's wrong in saying Jews have big noses? Most of them have. Every ethnic group has some characteristic physical features. Try googling the pics of the people I mentioned in my previous posts, and you'll see characteristic features of Eastern European Jews.

In many cases, Jews have big noses, Africans have wide lips and Slavs have high cheeckbones. Get over it.

Plus, you can't have a "Jewish name" as though it were some kind of other nationality.

Of course you can have a Jewish name, just as you can have a Polish, English or Chinese name. Gershom, Sarah, Rachel, Abraham, Isaac etc. are Jewish names.

He was absolutely Polish, if maybe he had a name of another non-Polish origin from some long dead ancestor, I don't know, but that doesn't mean he was any less Polish.

Many Jews in the diaspora have a kind of double national identity. I've heard a London rabbi saying "I'm an Englishman" and, of course, he was Jewish at the same time. A lot of Polish Jews consider themselves Polish as well as Jewish. There's really nothing unusual in a guy who is ethnically Jewish, atheist and identifies as a Pole. I'd rather say it was easier to find a Jewish atheist than an (ethnically) Polish one during the interwar period.
13 Dec 2008
Genealogy / What would be the Polish approximation of the surname BENNDT? [6]

West Pomerania in 19th cent. was in Prussia and the name looks like a perfectly spelt German name...

Du musst deine Familie in Deutschland suchen. (may someone correct my German?)

Ok, I looked up some stuff for you.

Choszczno used to be called Arnswalde, and there was some Berndt family there.

This site may be more helpful, but the English version is "under construction":
11 Dec 2008
Life / Are Polish People Hypochondriacs? [50]

Getting ill in Poland:

You've got a cold. All you need to do is to go to bed and wait until it ends.
You don't need a doctor to cure it. It's just a cold.
But to stay in bed, you must be absent from work.
To be absent from work and not lose your job, you need a little paper signed by the doctor.
So, you go to the doctor to get that paper. But the doctor will not leave it just like that.
The doctor will prescribe you some antibiotics so you don't feel that he ignored your illness.
You cold is a virus infection, so antibiotics can't cure it, but you've got the feeling something is done about your illness.
You are staying in bed with your little paper, taking the unnecessary antibiotic, and you think: "The doctor prescribed me such a strong antibiotic, so I must be really ill."
11 Dec 2008
Study / Moving to Poland/Finished High School in USA/How I Get Into PL College [12]

then I had to take it and get an apostille. when ya get here youll need to translate it all into polish which will cost you a lot. so you might as well find a polish translator out there and see if its any cheaper.

Legal documents must be translated by a sworn translator and the prices are established by the state. You can't get it cheaper.