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Polish customs in greetings, working, anyting?


jakepl  
9 Apr 2007 /  #1
i'm going to Poland this summer to visit with a farm family, are there any customs or traditions etc I should know so I don't end up making them upset at me? ie greetings, working, anyting I shoul know that isn't like North American culture?

thanks alot ill send pics
GrandeSande 2 | 119  
9 Apr 2007 /  #2
I have heard that bringing flowers is very welcomed.
ArturSzastak 3 | 593  
9 Apr 2007 /  #3
Umm, don't be afraid to try ALL the food. It's usually very amazing and you'll love it. Other than that, I can't think of anything. Oh, don't be afraid to ask questions. They'll be glad to educate you about anything Polish :)
bookratt  
10 Apr 2007 /  #4
Try viewing the links at this site:

transitionsabroad.com/listings/living/living_abroad/living_in_poland.s html

and this:

expats-in-poland.com/?mod=fs_crossculture

They suggest things like:

Use Pan and Pani with first name, which is a respectful form of address, like Mr and Mrs

Touching cheeks to cheeks is like a firm and happy hello (unless you know them well, don't kiss their cheek ---unless they do this to you first, then do it back, briefly)

They shake hands, too, but they might also do the huggy, cheeky touch thing (think of French people kissing each cheek) just after the handshake, especially if you are a guest in their home or are related to them

Flowers, books, candy are ok to bring to their home, usually, as a hostess gift

Send a thank you letter, handwritten later

Hope that's all true!
polishgirltx  
9 Sep 2008 /  #5
during the winter time, most of the people wear winter gloves...
is it only a Polish thing that when you shake somebody's hand, you should take a glove off, to be polite?
plk123 8 | 4,149  
9 Sep 2008 /  #6
must be.

also, peeps out in the country do get up early and appreciate a hand around the homestead. also, old folks like to use the "god bless you" greeting.
krysia 23 | 3,057  
9 Sep 2008 /  #7
is it only a Polish thing that when you shake somebody's hand, you should take a glove off, to be polite?

Depends. If you have to shake your hand outside after a hard, cold day of snomobiling, you not gonna take that glove off!

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