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Polish Immigrants in England - and their Cultural Impressions


GodandBrown 2 | 63  
11 Jul 2008 /  #1
What do Polish people think about the cultural life in England? I know it is a very general question....so let me explain more thoroughly what I want to know...Do Polish people feel strange here? How do they react on the British pub culture? Do they think British people waste a lot of money? And how do they think about family values in Little Britain? And what is quite different to Polish culture?
rafik 18 | 589  
11 Jul 2008 /  #2
Do they think British people waste a lot of money?

i dunno.probably not more than any other nation.

people feel strange here

absolutely not

How do they react on the British pub culture

it's a waste of time.so called" socializing" is just another word,just nicely wrapped,for drunkeness.i see hundreds of drunk people coming back home near my flat each thursday friday and sunday.lots of people seem to have no other alternative to spend their free time.

And how do they think about family values in Little Britain?

i think that kids here grow up too quickly.they should have more time to be kids.

And what is quite different to Polish culture

not a lot to be honest.i found it easy to adjust.
krysia 23 | 3,057  
11 Jul 2008 /  #3
not a lot to be honest.i found it easy to adjust.

That's coz you're a nice guy Rafik :)

It all depends on the person, some adjust quicker to a new country than others. Depends on their age, their family ties who they leave behind, the reason why they leave their country and who they came with. Leaving a family behind can make a person lonely or make that person find new companionship. Every situation is different and every individual will react differently but the majority take precedence over the situation and you do find many of them drinking, maybe because they have money now.
osiol 55 | 3,922  
11 Jul 2008 /  #4
Impressions

I do quite a good impression of a Polish colleague who's got a funny little high-pitched voice like he's always talking with a lungful of Helium.
noimmigration  
11 Jul 2008 /  #5
Some polish people I overheard talking about their experiances at work ommented that when they arrived in britian they shook with fear because they thought they had travelled to the future.
Wroclaw 44 | 5,386  
11 Jul 2008 /  #6
I can fully understand this. Even simple things like plastic carrier bags become a novelty when we are so used to putting all our shopping in a bucket or pail.
telefonitika  
11 Jul 2008 /  #7
funny little high-pitched voice like he's always talking with a lungful of Helium.

sure its not joe pasquale :D
rafik 18 | 589  
11 Jul 2008 /  #8
Some polish people I overheard talking about their experiances at work ommented that when they arrived in britian they shook with fear because they thought they had travelled to the future.

i overheard some polish people who came to scotland to study the law at some scotish university that when they came here they thought that the ice age has ended a long time ago.then you came out of the whole...
OP GodandBrown 2 | 63  
12 Jul 2008 /  #9
Why are there always people who misuse threads with comments deep from their asses? I just want to know how Poles feel here...nonimmigration...not your comment! I think this question can only be answered by Poles!
postie 7 | 112  
12 Jul 2008 /  #10
Sorry GodandBrown, but while I abhor noimmigration, and have kept away from this site for months because of him, and yet the git is still allowed here, I think you may just find this is an Anglo-Polish site. And we defend its Anglo-Polishness. You ask a question, my friend, and you're going to get Brits and Poles answering. It's the nature of forums!

But, as a Brit myself, I can answer one of your points. Most, not all, of my Polish friends like the British pub culture. The smoking outside is odd... but it is for me too. But they seem to love it. And they seem to know, as long as it isn't a "heaving" town centre place... but more of a "local" pub, that they're going to be able to go there when they want, and improve their English.. or just get drunk. And they seem to. I think the most integrating of places in the UK is the local... it seems to be working out.

Still though, with the price of beer in uk pubs, and the smoking ban, it's not an absolute norm...it's far easier and cheaper to invite your mates around with a bag of beer, and get drunk at home. But I think us English are finding that too... especially those of us who smoke.... :?
OP GodandBrown 2 | 63  
13 Jul 2008 /  #11
Nevertheless my question was adressed to Poles living in England...I cannot avoid some other comments..that's the nature of forums...but I can try to express clearly what I want to know as well as I can give a comment to people who misuse threads for personal rubbish attittudes...I am really interested in impressions made by Poles while living in U.K...what's wrong with that? It has nothing to do with the Anglo-Polishness character of this site which I have never denied.
postie 7 | 112  
14 Jul 2008 /  #12
...I am really interested in impressions made by Poles while living in U.K...what's wrong with that?

Nowt!

But in the absence, I gave my view... from what I know of going out with a Polish lass... and my best mate being a Pole.

Though I am no longer going out with the Polish lass.... thankfully! :lol:

I'd personally like to hear what other Poles think of "English Pubs" ....
OP GodandBrown 2 | 63  
15 Jul 2008 /  #13
Have you ever been to Poland? If yes, you will know that there is no real pub culture in Poland. When I was in Poland in 2002, I was really surprised how people lived at that time. Perhaps something has changed since then. Going out with a Polish lass was unthinkable. Leisure activities were quite unusual...family ties were too strong...there was no interest in foreign people coming from abroad...I was lucky because of my family connections, but some of my British colleagues broke stay off after they had suffered the dark winter time...
Trish - | 6  
15 Jul 2008 /  #14
Your question : What do Polish people think about the cultural life in England?
My answer : not much

Personally I would not use the words culture and England in the same sentence.

Your question : Do they think British people waste a lot of money?
My answer : I assume you are referring to the dole?

Your question : And how do they think about family values in Little Britain?
My answer : They have none.

Your question : And what is quite different to Polish culture?
My answer : Everything

If you do not like the answers - shame, unfortunately all the answers above are true.
Kilkline 1 | 689  
15 Jul 2008 /  #15
Bad experiences?
Trish - | 6  
15 Jul 2008 /  #16
Kilkline

LOL - not really, I lived in London for a while and the best thing there is the vast amount of foreigners.
I cannot say that the British made much of an impression on me socially or professionally.
Kilkline 1 | 689  
15 Jul 2008 /  #17
You didnt meet any Brits or you just didnt like them?
ShelleyS 14 | 2,893  
15 Jul 2008 /  #18
Blimey you and NoImmy are peas in a pod!

I cannot say that the British made much of an impression on me socially or professionally.

Financially?
southern 75 | 7,096  
15 Jul 2008 /  #19
What do Polish people think about the cultural life in England?

I guess they are particularly fond of the gay culture.
Trish - | 6  
15 Jul 2008 /  #20
Kilkline

I met many through work and socialy.
Most where ok as they were professional people but the yobs around London are another story.

ShelleyS

Financial - like everywhere else.

Southern - "I guess they are particularly fond of the gay culture."

I saw many English queens. lol
Kilkline 1 | 689  
15 Jul 2008 /  #21
Most where ok as they were professional people but the yobs around London are another story.

You live in South Africa now dont you?

I guess they are particularly fond of the gay culture.

You're obsessed mate. Come out of the closet, we wont judge you.
ShelleyS 14 | 2,893  
15 Jul 2008 /  #22
but the yobs around London are another story.

You live in South Africa now dont you?

Because it's so peaceful over there ROLF!!! Oh and the South Afriacans are full of culture aren't they?
Trish - | 6  
15 Jul 2008 /  #23
Yes I live in South Africa.
I am originaly from Poznan.

ShelleyS - why are you so offended about my comments regarding the yobs?
And yes it is peaceful here.
Kilkline 1 | 689  
15 Jul 2008 /  #24
Because it's so peaceful over there ROLF!!! Oh and the South Afriacans are full of culture aren't they?

Exactly. It make me laugh when people visit London and say 'oh, I dont like Britain!' or I dont like English culture because I saw a few chavs.

I know I'd rather see a few people wearing cheap gold necklaces rather than ones made of petrol filled tyres!

And yes it is peaceful here.

I've lived in Warwickshire an its peaceful there too. If I visited Soweto the story would be different.
ShelleyS 14 | 2,893  
15 Jul 2008 /  #25
ShelleyS - why are you so offended about my comments regarding the yobs?

Abosolutely not, since you lived in London you probably only ever saw the foreign scum that live there roaming the streets...:-)
Trish - | 6  
15 Jul 2008 /  #26
You guys should not get so offended, realise that everyone has there own opinions and if you dont want to hear what other peoples opinion are then dont ask questions.

"petrol filled tyres" - unfortunately we did have such an attack recently by a South African on a Mozambiquan national.
And yes we would prefer that things like that did not happen to any innocent people.
But if it is peaceful here or not? It actually is as far as peaceful in SA can get.
SeanBM 35 | 5,808  
15 Jul 2008 /  #27
Nevertheless my question was adressed to Poles living in England...I cannot avoid some other comments..that's the nature of forums...but I can try to express clearly what I want to know as well as I can give a comment to people who misuse threads for personal rubbish attittudes...I am really interested in impressions made by Poles while living in U.K...

Kilkline 1 | 689  
15 Jul 2008 /  #28
You guys should not get so offended, realise that everyone has there own opinions and if you dont want to hear what other peoples opinion are then dont ask questions.

You're entitled to your opinions and others are entitled to pull you up on them especially when only on your second post in this forum you include such gems as:

Personally I would not use the words culture and England in the same sentence.

and

Your question : And how do they think about family values in Little Britain?
My answer : They have none.

You havent backed up either of these statements.

GodandBrown:
Nevertheless my question was adressed to Poles living in England...I cannot avoid some other comments..that's the nature of forums...but I can try to express clearly what I want to know as well as I can give a comment to people who misuse threads for personal rubbish attittudes...I am really interested in impressions made by Poles while living in U.K...

This is a forum for discussion. Therefore people discuss what is said on this forum otherwise each thread would just be a list of opinions. None of what has been said is off-topic.
Trish - | 6  
15 Jul 2008 /  #29
I love the fact you refer to my comments as " gems ".
lol

I do not need to back up any of my comments, I lived in London and those are my opinions of the yobs that I saw litter the streets.
ShelleyS 14 | 2,893  
15 Jul 2008 /  #30
I do not need to back up any of my comments, I lived in London and those are my opinions of the yobs that I saw litter the streets.

Can you substantiate your claim that we have no morals or family values?

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