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Are there are any Czechs in Warsaw?


czech_canadian 8 | 32
12 Jan 2016 #1
Hi there,

I have yet to come across any Czechs in Warsaw (there should be some seeing that there are companes adveritsing for Czech speakers). I was wondering if anyone has come across any? Just curious, thats all.

Thanks!
delphiandomine 88 | 18,454
12 Jan 2016 #2
I was wondering if anyone has come across any?

Sure, there's plenty of them around.
Ziemowit 13 | 4,311
12 Jan 2016 #3
Just curious, thats all.

The Czech generally avoid Poland and Warsaw is no exception.
Mluvite po cesky?
OP czech_canadian 8 | 32
12 Jan 2016 #4
@Ziemowit

Ano, naordila jsem se v Brne a mam tam rodinu. :-)

Yip I am Czech, born in Brno prior we immigrated to Joburg, South Africa where I pretty much spent 16 years. I was in Toronto for the past 4 years before coming to Warsaw temporarilly.

Yes I also think Czechs avoid Poland. Both my childhood friends (who are Czech) and my old czech colleagues at Infosys in Brno, did not think too "positively" of the Polish people - I am not sure why?

Anyway I was back in Brno visiting my family and some old colleagues back in October, and when I told them (well my Czech friend), that I was quite suprised at how Warsaw was developed and that the differences between the both countries seem minimal, well her reaction was something along the lines of..."Oh yeah but Poland is still much poorer than Czech".

Anyways with all these Czech speaking postings, I am wondering who they are finding to fill these jobs? And I am not referring to plain CSR type roles - also Accoutning type roles.
RUR
12 Jan 2016 #5
czech_canadian :did not think too "positively" of the Polish people - I am not sure why?

Czechs drink a lot (of beer), that's why....
delphiandomine 88 | 18,454
12 Jan 2016 #6
Yes I also think Czechs avoid Poland

Czechs don't avoid Poland, but they tend to turn up in Wrocław and Katowice simply because it's where the work is and it's close to home. Wrocław is full of them.

The people living in the Czech Republic might not think too highly of Poles because of history - 2 (or 3, depending on viewpoint) invasions in 50 years tends to solidify the idea of Poland being a bit of a bully.

suprised at how Warsaw was developed and that the differences between the both countries seem minimal

Poland is about the same as the Czech Republic these days, it's only the massive rural farming sector that brings Poland down - the Czechs have far less of it. If Poland also didn't have it, then Poland would be miles ahead these days. You only need to look at the amount of construction in Prague and Brno vs Warsaw and Wrocław to see the difference.

The Czech Republic started well ahead of Poland, but it has stagnated badly in the last 15 years or so. It's because of political problems - for instance, they just cannot get roads built there, even though EU money was available.

Anyways with all these Czech speaking postings, I am wondering who they are finding to fill these jobs?

Czechs, Slovaks and Poles, mostly. I know quite a few Poles that easily got to B2/C1 in Czech without much effort. These jobs don't really require absolute fluency in Czech, so making the occasional "Polish" mistake in Czech isn't a big deal.
OP czech_canadian 8 | 32
13 Jan 2016 #7
@RUR

You'll be surprised how many Czechs I know that actually dont drink beer. :-) Anyway I find many Czech beers which are just wonderful in taste and in my opinion it is the best beer in the world. I have been all over so I can really compare. German beer is a close second (in my opinion).

@delphiandomine

Interesting view points that you make. You are righ about Prague and Brno continually improving and changing since 2004 - although you must remember there is alot of Russian money in Prague (and Karlovy Vary for that matter). In fact its quite sad at just how much Prague had changed and in a way its just becoming sold out to more and more to foreigners. It is a pity that Prague actually relies more on foreign capital than its own, in order to keep on improving. You are correct with respect to the political nonsense - I used to follow it very closely when I was living and working there in 2009 - 2011. However the Czech economy is doing better although there was a dip in the last couple of quarters but foreign investment and capital has always been on the increase, so.

Lastly, I do think the infrastructure is better in Czech (particularly the roads and highways which are continually being improved) but then again it is a much smaller country than Poland. Plus the metro in Prague is the cleanest that I have seen in Europe (and compare to may other Western European capital cities).


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