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Do you think that Polish should stick to Polish?


OP Angie2010  
29 Jan 2010 /  #31
sky- colour is spelt that way..... not color!!!!!!
skysoulmate  
29 Jan 2010 /  #32
In France maybe LOL

We fought a war (well, waaay before my time) not to spell the French way...

You say potatoes I say... taters... :)
OP Angie2010  
29 Jan 2010 /  #33
hahahaha In Canada we spell it colour.... lol not the American way!
skysoulmate  
29 Jan 2010 /  #34
I know, I was just keedin'

You see, you can teach Queen's English in Poland after all...
Filios1  
29 Jan 2010 /  #35
I'm a guy and disagree with filios1 100%

Well. Are you going to just say you disagree, and say nothing else? Show me what you got, creep. The reason you will stay single for the rest of your life is because you are a hopeless romantic it seems. You show no practicality.
King Sobieski  
29 Jan 2010 /  #36
sky- colour is spelt that way..... not color!!!!!!

theater as opposed to theatre.
Sebas  
29 Jan 2010 /  #37
I'm Canadian and got married to a polish girl, we have a son of 20 months old and he's learning 3 languages polish, english and french. My opinion it's better for a kid in europe to have many open doors for their future. By the way it's really easy for a kid to learn many languages at the same time!

cheers
PLAT  
29 Jan 2010 /  #38
I agree it would make life easier in the sense that if I were to have kids we would teach them Polish and teach them Polish culutre. But if I were to end up with someone from a different culture/nationality it would be hard to mix the two together and teach them possibly two languages and cultures....

what do you mean, like find a Polish guy who just immigrated and start a family?
Or go to Poland ; that would be the ultimate experiance. In the end you live in Canada so your children will be speaking Cdn English and will have CANADIAN on their passport, and it will be their lives so you wont be able to plan then make tailor made children.... at least I think you don't really plan children.
Arien  
29 Jan 2010 /  #39
Do you think that Polish should stick to Polish?

I believe you should always go for the person you happen to like the most, but then again, they keep telling me I'm simple..

;)
Seanus  
29 Jan 2010 /  #40
It would be better to teach 2 languages and cultures at the very least. If you only teach 1, you may live to regret it later, e.g having to pay for the language lessons of the second language. If you are in regular contact with 2 cultures, it makes sense to expose your kids to the same. Teaching 1 at the expense of the other may be perceived as favouritism. Also, you want your kid to be proud of being both. I won't let my kid be subject to only Polish influences. They will learn English (the major world language) and come to know Scottish culture and heritage.

Poland would benefit from breaking free from any form of insularity. This process starts with a broad exposure to other ways and increases the chances of the kid being more open and worldly.
RonWest  
30 Jan 2010 /  #41
It would atleast make my mother happy!

Whatever you do, do it for yourself!!!!!!!
bullfrog  
30 Jan 2010 /  #42
that traditional mother in the back of my head telling me to find a Polish man lol

How old are you Angie? 23? It's about time you let out that teenage rebel streak of yours !!
scottie1113  
30 Jan 2010 /  #43
My only concern is that I know a lot of British people teach English and their English is different then North American.

I'm an American and I'm teaching in Poland. I use British coursebooks, know the difference between British and American English (color/colour, elevator/lift, etc) and teach both. All, and I mean all, of my students tell me that they prefer American English to British English because it's easier to understand when they hear it. So if you want to teach here, don't worry about being from North America or anywhere else. Just bring a love of teaching and don't do it just for the money.

DISCLAIMER: this was not meant as an endorsement of American English over British English, which it isn't. I didn't want to start a flame war.
beckski  
30 Jan 2010 /  #44
Do you think that Polish should stick to Polish?

Sometimes it seems like a nice idea, keeping the race somewhat pure. It enables Poles to pass down Polish customs and values from generation to generation.

someone from a different culture/nationality

I've also seen quite a few people who are multi-cultured. Most appear to be very versatile and content.
skysoulmate  
30 Jan 2010 /  #45
All, and I mean all, of my students tell me that they prefer American English to British English because it's easier to understand when they hear it.

While on a trip I ran into an English teacher in Malaysia; he was British but he'd lived in the US for some time. He too said people in Malaysia told him the Am English was easier to understand. I thought it was interesting considering Malaysia used to be a British colony.

Either way, I like both accents/dialect or whatever term you refer. Aussie English is the best though - when a good lookin' Aussie lady speaks "strine" I can listen for hours... LOL
beckski  
30 Jan 2010 /  #46
I like both accents/dialect

Polish accents can be very sexy too. Especially when a hot Polish guy's speaking!
skysoulmate  
30 Jan 2010 /  #47
Ooops, je m’excuse, forgot to add Polish as sexy, absolutely... Even though I prefer a female who speaks with smooth and low voice... ;)
PLAT  
30 Jan 2010 /  #48
Sometimes it seems like a nice idea, keeping the race somewhat pure.

so you don't advise this woman to marry a non-Polish Canadian because the children would not be of pure race ?
I am confused, is Polish a race?
beckski  
30 Jan 2010 /  #49
so you don't advise this woman to marry a non-Polish Canadian

Human-beings are free-willed. She should marry whoever her heart desires. Hopefully she falls in love with a good man, who will be kind and honest. Someone who'll treat her with dignity and respect.
omalley  
30 Jan 2010 /  #50
Hi Angie, a very nice and interesting thread. Just to throw a different angle in. I'm Irish, met my Polish girlfriend (soon to be wife) in England. She had lived in England for 4 years and she really wanted to return to Poland, it was 'Polish this, and 'Polish that' her parents did push her quite a lot to return (they live in Poland) So I agreed to come with her to Poland and try and make a life here, and so far I love Poland, the cold is cold, like really, really, really cold, and it has made me think... Doh! I would like to be in a warmer country!! However, teaching English here was easy, an advert in the local free paper has me earning a good wage teaching 'conversational English' so that was not a problem at all. Flats here are very cheap and easy to find, food is fantastic. However it's my girlfriend that now regrets coming back to Poland, all the things she hated about Poland are still here and she feels very little has changed! She now wants to leave. So the best advice really is you need to come here for at least 6 months, come and see a Polish winter, because we are in Gdansk, and in the summer, Gdansk, Gdynia and Sopot are beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. But they are very different in the winter. It looks like we could be going to Italy soon, just as mad as Poland, but warmer.....

GOOD LUCK WHATEVER YOU CHOOSE

xx
bullfrog  
30 Jan 2010 /  #51
Poland would benefit from breaking free from any form of insularity. This process starts with a broad exposure to other ways and increases the chances of the kid being more open and worldly.

Seanus is right. Mix, mix , mix!! Inbreeding is bad per se, but I also believe trying to stick to/keep traditions is not good.. Thanks to traditions, you can justify not moving forward, keeping old habits, being set in your ways (it's the way my mother/father used to do it..) corruption (it's our way of life..), xenophobia and many more...
JustysiaS  
30 Jan 2010 /  #52
my parents never put any pressure on me when it comes to the nationality of my partner and that's why they're awesome :). as long as i'm happy, they're happy. my sisters have Polish partners so we need a bit of diversity in our family i think lol.
PolishNutjob  
30 Jan 2010 /  #53
What do you think?

Do you think that Polish should stick to Polish?

... I'm curious to see what you think....

Consider the consequences.

Does one desire to reproduce, or is one merely looking to pair off with someone? If one is simply searching for a mate, then the consequences hinge on the synergy between the two individuals. This includes, but is by no means limited to, one's ethnic/genetic background.

However, should one consider reproduction, we have a much more profound issue at stake. One must consider where one stands regarding the following: If one is, to the best of one's knowledge, of 100% Polish ancestry, should one maintain the Polish stock and "ethnicity"? Or should one otherwise dilute the bloodline and the precious Polish pedigree?

The answer to this has grave implications for the great nation of Poland and for future generations of our people.

Govern thyselves accordingly.
Seanus  
30 Jan 2010 /  #54
I agree with bullfrog. Us Vs Them just doesn't cut the mustard in this day and age. Trying to closet your own from the world isn't the way. Fine, respect your own cultures to the max but don't be overly sheltered. Xenophobes just look bad in modern times. I had a guy the other day mutter sth to me in Polish about the fact that I should be back in my own country. He looked like the loser type that would draw benefits and do nothing productive, unlike my 5+ years of undoubtable help to grateful Poles. I really felt like clocking him but those people aren't worth the time of day.

My answer is emphatically no and, sorry for saying it, but it came across as selfish and very insular to deny your kid options. As Bill Hicks RIP once said, 'you gotta use your options, folks'. When sb says Polska dla Polaków, I automatically assume they are a closed-minded idiot. If you want it that way, vital foreign resources can leave, Poles can return en masse to hike up the unemployment rate even more and we can drive dodgy British employers underground to stop their undercutting. Seem good? Or do you want Poland to be a monolingual enclave?
krakuskabanos  
30 Jan 2010 /  #55
i absolutely agree. it's a good way of preparing their future.... besides, children can easily three languages in one go. why not take advantage of their innate talent? but pressuring them to be multi-lingual is a different story....

I'm Canadian and got married to a polish girl, we have a son of 20 months old and he's learning 3 languages polish, english and french. My opinion it's better for a kid in europe to have many open doors for their future. By the way it's really easy for a kid to learn many languages at the same time!
cheers

Seanus  
30 Jan 2010 /  #56
That's the thing, though. Kids are like sponges and tend to absorb languages quite naturally. Their LADs are different from adults. There doesn't need to be pressure, just exposure. It has been shown time and again that those with mixed backgrounds want to get in touch with their various sides and language plays a major part. I was watching a film with Alicja Bachleda-Curuś the other day and I bet she's glad that she explored her genes fully.
bullfrog  
30 Jan 2010 /  #57
my sisters have Polish partners so we need a bit of diversity in our family i think lol

Ready to help, Justysia!
grubas  
1 Feb 2010 /  #58
another dumb question.where do u ppl come from?answering u:NO no one should limit itself when it comes to choose a partner.its alot of fun to have partner from another country.
f stop  
1 Feb 2010 /  #59
I'm bringing my too-laid-back surfer dude son to Poland for vacation, in hope that he will fall in love with a smart Polish girl that will motivate him to get his ass in gear.

What's the worse that can happen, huh??
McCoy  
1 Feb 2010 /  #60
Do you think that Polish should stick to Polish?

yes

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