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Posts by Magdalena  

Joined: 15 Aug 2007 / Female ♀
Last Post: 27 Mar 2015
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From: North Sea coast, UK
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12 Jun 2009
Life / Why do a lot of Polish people stare and why is good personal hygeine shunned? [108]

Of course not. You're just being a tiny bit silly now, you know it, I know it, and you know I know it ;-P

In other words - showering more than once a day would not be enough. You would need to shower every single time you went to the toilet. A bit extreme, huh? Do you practice that? If yes - respect to you!
11 Jul 2009
News / Does Poland count in Europe or is it ignored? [428]

Women wearing fur jackets in communism, a symbol of Russia, just to show their wealth.

I know I'm just barging in here, but since when is fur a symbol of Russia? I thought fur coats used to be coveted by women the world over till not so long ago? Also bear in mind that in a colder climate any type of fur covering is well-received during the winter ;-) And what has all that to do with a national identity anyways?
11 Jul 2009
News / Does Poland count in Europe or is it ignored? [428]

There were other options than fur, ortalion for example.

Do you even know what ortalion was? <shudder>
And by the way - Cossacks would not be too happy if they knew you lumped them together with the Russian Empire they were in conflict with for several centuries ;-p

And seriously - all those women (and men, too) who have worn fur throughout the ages: they were Russian symbolism-carriers, right? I thought expensive fur like mink or seal were status symbols for the rich the world over, and cheap, nasty furs like rabbit or even squirrel were a desperate attempt made by the poor to look "classy" and stay reasonably warm.

Well, the more you know...
12 Jul 2009
Life / Why do a lot of Polish people stare and why is good personal hygeine shunned? [108]

I've certainly never had to get off a bus and walk the rest of my journey in the UK.

Did you use public transport as much in the UK as you do in Poland? Think about it.

I for one often wish I could get off my London bus or tube and walk, but the distances involved make it impossible. Also, after a while, the smell kinda drugs you into a helpless stupor ;-)
12 Jul 2009
News / Does Poland count in Europe or is it ignored? [428]

Do you?

A very good alternative to fur coats in the depths of winter, I wholeheartedly agree...

And what of those that didn't have fur then?

They wore sheepskin coats, padded winter jackets which didn't really offer a lot of comfort or warmth, or regular wool coats - stylish, but not not very warm either, being meant more for the autumn/spring seasons.

I spent most of my childhood and teenage years either feeling cold, or freezing, or being bundled up in 100 layers and unable to move in the winter. ;-(

This only changed with the influx of new, lightweight and warm materials in the early nineties. Have never owned a fur coat, BTW. Only a 30-year-old sheepskin monstrosity dyed green for some reason ;-p
7 Aug 2009

I've also come across the attitude that correctness just doesn't matter in English.

The damage here has been done by the English speakers themselves, I'm afraid. Even in the UK or USA, a lot of times the general attitude is that "English no grammar" (to worry about in school). This was perpetuated a lot in the second half of the XX century in English language teaching.

Add to that the linguistic theory that "anything a native speaker says is correct" - and you can expect to get it washed down to "whatever utterance, as long as it looks/sounds English, is correct by definition" ;-P
12 Aug 2009
News / French and Poles [146]

that most of the Polish art, literature, intellect, music, science, etc. was Jewish

That's what you like to believe. I prefer to think that a certain percentage of Jews in Poland stopped thinking of themselves as Jewish only, and became Poles of Jewish extraction. Much like in the US nobody claims that American art, literature, intellect, music, science is in fact "Jewish, Chinese, German, French, Polish, British, Indian [insert any immigrant nationality]". I hope you get my drift.
24 Aug 2009
Food / What Polish food or drink do you not like and why? [37]


Just one thing - it's not FAT, it's gelatine (the same as what you get in fruit jelly, but of course minus the sugar and fruit flavouring).

I understand gelatine might might gross you out... but please stop picturing bits of food in a mound of fat... please! Note that if it WAS solid fat, there is no way it would stay translucent like that. And BTW, I used to hate the sight of this dish until I tried it - and I'm hooked now :-)
27 Aug 2009
News / Microsoft Poland whitens a black face in its advert [130]

As we all know in Poland women are not allowed to get higher positions then man. This photo would be a cause of laughter in many companies.

I have personally known many Polish women in very high managerial positions. Unless things have drastically changed since 2005 (when I left Poland) it seems you're either trolling, or talking through your hat ;-p
10 Sep 2009
History / Saturator in polish history [6]

the communists were as often as not normal working people... not an alien race from outer space ;-)
16 Sep 2009
Life / Scammed in Poland again [49]

He's fuc*ed up my paper. All he had to do was write 00.05 as the time of birth and check it before giving it back to my fiancee. Not 05.00.

Things like that do happen. Did he botch the translation as such, or just the bit you mentioned? How about asking him to give you another copy, correct this time? It's no big deal, he just prints it out and stamps it for you, and you destroy the one with the error, end of story.

Making a small error like that is not something you could judge the quality of a translator by. You think he just has one small simple document to translate, but maybe he works full days and believe me, the small print and numbers do start swimming before your eyes if you spend 6-8 hours a day at the computer, even if what you're actually working on is simple as such. I spend at least 20% of my working time checking and double-checking for stupid mistakes, misspellings, etc., and even so I sometimes miss something glaringly obvious... Not that it makes me happy.
18 Sep 2009
Food / Is it just me, or is the Polish diet rather unhealthy? [119]

only 35kcal per cracker

You are, hopefully, aware that a person requires calories to actually stay alive? Isn't the required daily amount somewhere around 2000 calories for men and slightly less for women? Also, fat is a necessary part of the diet as the brain and nervous system require fat to function properly (I'm not talking mounds of grease here ofc).
1 Oct 2009
UK, Ireland / Sad life of a Polish migrant in UK. Ch. 1 - Staring [43]

You get just the same sort of thing here in Poland. Very similar.

I have never heard of a Polish chav who would actually kill someone for telling them to shut up on public transport (or any similar story for that matter). Please compare with the unfortunate bloke who told a guy to stop throwing chips at his girlfriend (London bus, upper deck) and got stabbed to death for it. There has been a similar more recent incident happen along the same lines, but don't remember the details.
2 Oct 2009
UK, Ireland / Sad life of a Polish immigrant in the UK. Ch. 2 - Stress [63]

I would agree and disagree at the same time. Most Polish migrants don't really read the papers or watch British TV; they don't get together with people who are stressed about the state of the economy because their more expensive lifestyles and top-notch jobs are on the line; and they don't really think of the UK as a real, actual country - they see it more as The Place You Go to Earn Money, a kind of Neverland or what, where nothing bad ever happens, and even if it does, there is always someone British to pick up the pieces.

Sad, but true. The real world is in Poland, and now they live the "dream". And dreams are usually stress free - everything is weird, but hey, who's to worry, it's not for real!

Hard to say who's to blame for this fairytale image of the UK, I guess both sides are guilty a bit. NuLabor has done quite a lot in the nicey-nice propaganda department, and most migrants the world over tend to paint a fantastic picture of their new country to those who stayed at home, thus luring them to come over, and who will admit they had been fooled?
6 Oct 2009
UK, Ireland / Sad life of a Polish migrant in UK. Ch. 3 - Food [93]

To put things into perspective: you say Ksysia is moaning, and maybe she is. But less so than a lot of expats in Poland who open threads on PF about how horrible PL is, what they hate about PL, how stupid and / or devious the Polish people are, etc. etc. I think Ksysia is fully entitled to have her say about what she likes or dislikes about the UK. And yes, I have also had the honour to buy foodstuffs in the UK which were past their sell-by date. Actually, even in Asda and Tesco a lot of products (meat included) usually have a sell-by date to expire within a few days of the purchase. E.g. it's the 15th, the meat is to expire by the 18th. So I just take a long hard look at it and put it away. Why wait so long before putting the stuff on the shelves? I don't get it.
6 Oct 2009
Language / Pan/Pani necessary? [8]

No need to be snarky. For one thing, the real "pan / pani magister" is usually only a magister of pharmacy, and this is is a traditional title. You go into a pharmacy and call the staff pani magister, panie magister. Otherwise you would only use this title in an academic (university) setting - the student to their teacher, the doktor to the magister, their subordinate, etc.

Also, I think 5 years of study do not equal "hardly well qualified".
8 Oct 2009
History / Why are we called Poles instead of Polans? [29]

I think you are a bit confused here.

You can say:

Poles, Czechs, Slovaks, Finns, Danes...


the Polish, Czech, Slovakian, Finnish, Danish, English (people).
12 Oct 2009
Life / What is the nature of Polish people's hygiene? [76]

Even here in canada, i can smell all the 50+ aged eastern european immigrants.

Seems like it's more of a Canadian problem then. Of course some people in Poland stink, esp. drunks and frail pensioners in care homes etc., but this is a global phenomenon.

Hygiene in Poland used to be a huge problem.

I just can't help but love sweeping generalisations like the above. Pray, what hard facts and data do you base your assumption upon?
14 Oct 2009
Food / Is it just me, or is the Polish diet rather unhealthy? [119]

It is dripping with fat

I am trying to visualise leczo dripping with fat. How can a sauce-based dish do that? It's immersed in sauce, but remember sauce is not grease! At least in my part of the world, to make a sauce I drain quite a lot of the liquid the meat or vegetables had been simmering in (which is basically water with some oil), and add some flour to it, maybe a bit of cream, mix it well and return to the pot. Yeah, I guess some old-timers might add a bit more fat at the start, but still... dripping with fat?
14 Oct 2009
Life / What is the nature of Polish people's hygiene? [76]

change my clothes at least once-twice a day.

Unless you do heavy manual labour, why on earth would you change clothes at least once a day? I'm not talking about changing underwear or changing clothes because of going out to a fancy restaurant etc. I am talking about just changing for the sake of it. Why would you wanna do that? Do you really get sweaty and dirty that fast? I think not - I think it's something you've been taught to do by the laundry and clothing industries. The more you change and wash, the more soap you need and your clothes don't last as long as they could.

Do you honestly and truly believe that if I put on a clean pair of jeans in the morning and then just sit around all day - they will be actually dirty by nightfall?
19 Oct 2009
Language / 'Gateway' slavic language? [54]

Both Czech and Slovak have a bit simpler grammars

I would definitely disagree. Both declension and conjugation systems (at least in Czech) are massively difficult.
2 Nov 2009
Language / Pronouncing final -ą as -oł (Czech infleunce?) [14]

Could that be an influence of Czech which has no nasal vowels?

Czech does in fact have nasal vowels, even though it does not acknowledge them in spelling. E.g. if you say "na louce" (on the meadow), the "ou" is actually pronounced almost identically to a Polish "ą".
24 Nov 2009
Food / "marianka" (majeranek) [3]

I'm guessing it's marjoram - "majeranek" in Polish, "majoranka" in Czech.
25 Nov 2009
Love / Why are Polish girls constantly ill? [166]

Sometimes a month in advance.

Are you sure they're not simply entering the date(s) of their future, erm "times of the month"? Which is a rather sensible practice overall.
8 Dec 2009
Life / Problems for Dual Earner Families in Poland (and rest of EU) [19]

Do bear in mind that in the past (one hundred or more years ago), either both parents worked (eg they were peasants or labourers, or the husband owned a business and the wife helped out, or the wife would work as cook or seamstress or charwoman with the husband mining or whatever), in which case younger children were looked after by their older siblings or other relatives, or if the parents belonged to the upper classes, they did not work, and delegated childcare to nannies, governesses, teachers, and other domestic staff. In both cases, children were never the focus, be-all and end-all of a family. They were expected to grow up as soon as possible, and join the adults in their world of either work or intellectual and leisure pastimes, depending on the family's income. So I think that dual earner families in the modern sense of the world are not functioning properly because:

1) it is a two-tier structure only, with parents caring for children, no extended family usually involved, and all the work and care going one way - from parents to children, and

2) instead of "bringing children up" - helping them grow into adults - most parents nowadays seem hell-bent on being their children's "best friends", thus losing authority and the chance to teach them anything useful for later life, also

3) as the children grow, they are not expected to assume any responsibility for the family and its well-being: "it is enough that they do well at school".

Overall, I think the stay-at-home Happy Mom is a myth created in the 50s. Women havenever before been so isolated and left to their own devices with only a couple of toddlers for company. Been there, done that, never ever again.
13 Dec 2009
Law / How to Create Computerized Invoices in Poland? [5]

I used to use their small business accounting software for księga przychodów i rozchodów when still in PL. This software does all you want, including invoicing and VAT accounting, the link I've pasted goes directly to the invoicing component.

AFAIR, they are cheap, efficient, and the support team is quite good too. I would also get upgrades free or half price. Overall, it took a load of worry off my mind, and a lot of work off my hands ;-)

Disclaimer: this is not an advertisement. I have never been affiliated with the above company and have no personal interest in recommending their services!
19 Dec 2009
UK, Ireland / Its strange that there arent many Poles who live in the UK on this Forum [102]

why 1 million Poles in UK/Ireland, after 5 years here in particular have no English speaking Polish forums or websites o

Why would they participate in English language forums if they can participate in Polish language forums?
To turn your argument on its head, why isn't this forum conducted in Polish if it concerns Poland?

or not comment here, even 0.1 % of Polish population in these countries?

I comment here, does that count towards the 0.1%? ;->