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Do I look Polish? (my picture)


Lyzko 31 | 7,799
18 Apr 2015 #121
Again, compliments notwithstanding, it's always ultra-hard to place someone's nationality from the States!! We're all so mixed anyhow:-)
Veles - | 164
18 Apr 2015 #122
Probably because American is not an ethnicity.
Lyzko 31 | 7,799
18 Apr 2015 #123
NATIVE-American however is, and is even officially acknowledged by our US-Census Bureau: Caucasian, African-American, Native-American, Hispanic.
Wulkan - | 3,243
18 Apr 2015 #124
My brother and I just came back from Poland and we got a lot of stares wherever we went.

Yes, you pass as Polish very easily, the reason why you got stared is probably because you was talking in English. I'm 100% Polish and I get stared too if I talk in English on the phone.

But we are half Polish/half Texan

Half native American from Texas? I can't see that on the picture though.

I would like to feel like I "fit in" since I spend time over there visiting family. That may never happen though :)

I guess it won't, even if you learn Polish you will have the accent with it.
Lyzko 31 | 7,799
18 Apr 2015 #125
True enough. If anybody begins audibly speaking another language in a smallish, ethnically tight community such as Poland, to be sure, folks'll stare! I would too, probably.
Veles - | 164
18 Apr 2015 #126
Lyzko, I think you know exactly what I meant.
Lyzko 31 | 7,799
18 Apr 2015 #127
Not sure if YOU did, Veles:-)
Kommunista
30 Jun 2015 #128
Merged: Mixed dad

I'm 3/4 Polish and 1/4 (INSERT NATION HERE). My dad is half Polish, what do you think his other half is?



P.S. Sorry about that quality, I haven't seen him in a while so we had a Skype call
Wulkan - | 3,243
30 Jun 2015 #129
his other half is clearly German
Kommunista
30 Jun 2015 #130
And why do you say this? I'm genuinely curious :)
rvd1989 - | 3
30 Jul 2015 #131
Merged: Do you think there's a Polish physical 'look'?

Hello everyone :).

I'm new here, but have read some of the threads here in the past.

I'm doing a bit of investigation into my roots. I was adopted as a baby from a region in north Romania, and when I was growing up people used to say to me I probably had a Slavic father, because I looked nothing like my birth mother. I remember once standing in the street and someone walked past me and called me Polish as a derogatory insult :(.

Other people I've asked have tended to say I look Polish rather than Czech or Russian or even Romanian. In fact when I tell people I was born in Romania they can't believe it.

It might not seem important to others to try and place a face, but for me it's quite important.

So what do you think? It must be hard in one sense to say this person looks Polish or that person looks German or whatever. But then you come across people who can guess quite accurately.

So your thoughts would be welcome :).


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Wulkan - | 3,243
30 Jul 2015 #132
You look quite Polish to me but you could pass as many other nationalities as well.
jon357 67 | 17,501
30 Jul 2015 #133
You could pass for Polish, but could easily pass for German, Russian and a few other things.
Lyzko 31 | 7,799
30 Jul 2015 #134
From these photos alone, I'd frankly say more Italian than any other nationality. Did I disappoint you?
rvd1989 - | 3
30 Jul 2015 #135
Lol. I have never heard I look Italian before!
jon357 67 | 17,501
30 Jul 2015 #136
You could certainly pass for northern Italian. Maybe French too.
Totti
30 Jul 2015 #137
I cannot pinpoint to any specific country, more universal I suppose, but typical PL it is probably not...
Lyzko 31 | 7,799
30 Jul 2015 #138
Poles on average tend to be instantly recognizable actually by the lozenge shape of the head, regardless even of light-eye color or fair hair texture! Men usually have broad, squarely-shaped faces. I recently stood next to such a gentleman at my local bus station. He didn't utter a word, yet I guessed (and guessed correctly) that he was Polish. Sure enough, after the first cellphone ring, the man answered in obviously native Polish:-)

Same with women. They're recognizable usually by sharp-featured, almost sculptured, faces (again, eye color or hair notwithstanding) and a particular expression I can't quite put into words.
Wulkan - | 3,243
31 Jul 2015 #139
but typical PL it is probably not...

The facial feature is rather common in Poland but the metrosexual style like this is not.
Roger5 1 | 1,455
31 Jul 2015 #140
I wonder why it is that I have been asked for directions on the street from Arhus to Istanbul, and from Madrid to Moscow. True, there are Russian men who really do have that missing link look, e.g. KGB Colonel Putin, but Poles are a nicely mixed bunch, and there are all sorts of shapes and sizes. I'd say RVD could come from pretty much anywhere in Northern Europe.
rvd1989 - | 3
31 Jul 2015 #141
Thanks Roger. I came from a region which has been ethnically mixed for decades if not centuries. The Bukovyna or Bucovina has been a no-man's kind of land for centuries, that had influx of Rusyns, Poles, Austrians/Germans, Jews etc. I have actually found most resemblance to pictures of Hutsul men -- a mountainous tribe in the Carpathians.
Mattariah
12 Aug 2015 #142
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InPolska 11 | 1,821
12 Aug 2015 #143
Another "intelligent" post! Most Poles do look like any other European nationality. To my big surprise, some are even as dark as Southern Europeans. I personally know a Polish woman who looks like she'd come from South America or from Arabic countries and guess what, she is 100% Polish and does not have a single drop of hispanic or of arabic bood...

Maybe in the Eastern parts of Poland, they may have a more slavic look (I have noticed that Russians and Ukrainians most often do) but in Western parts of Poland, they look all different. In Warsaw, most people when not opening their mouth could pass for almost any other (European) nationality. I don't have any single drop of Polish/slavic blood and unless I open my mouth, they all think I'm Polish. This is to conclude that Poles in their biggest majority don't look anything special and the same applies to most people throughout Europe. We are not clones. Through history, borders have changed so much, people have circulated so much that out of isolated areas, people are all mixed. In Spain, Portugal, Rumania, for instance, we can find a lot of blond people with blue eyes and very pale skin and in Northern contries we can find some people with dark hair, dark eyes... In all European countries, we can find everything so no "typical" Pole, Estonian, Greek, Belgian, French or Dane...

PS: in your country, people don't look all alike, so it's the same in Poland and everywhere else ;)
bullfrog 6 | 602
12 Aug 2015 #144
Another "intelligent" post!

Another derogatory comment!
ProfTeacher 1 | 14
13 Aug 2015 #145
I think you look American except for the haircut.
Jardinero 1 | 405
13 Aug 2015 #146
To my big surprise, some are even as dark as Southern Europeans. I personally know a Polish woman who looks like she'd come from South America or from Arabic countries and guess what, she is 100% Polish and does not have a single drop of hispanic or of arabic bood...

That would be due to Gypsy, Tatar, or other 'eastern' ancestory...
R.U.R.
17 Aug 2015 #147
InPolska :

" Through history, borders have changed so much, people have circulated so much that out of isolated areas, people are all mixed. In Spain, Portugal, Rumania, for instance, we can find a lot of blond people with blue eyes and very pale skin and in Northern contries we can find some people with dark hair, dark eyes... In all European countries, we can find everything so no "typical" Pole, Estonian, Greek, Belgian, French or Dane... "

InPolska :

"...... she is 100% Polish and does not have a single drop of hispanic or of arabic bood....."

The sentences contradict each other..........
texas09 - | 33
29 Aug 2015 #148
So what do you think?

Yeah you could pass for Polish. You do seem to have that blonde hair/blue eyes Slavic look.
ryouga 4 | 59
30 Aug 2015 #149
I seem to have a mixed face, my father had blonde hair and blue eyes, my mother black hair and brown eyes so I have brown hair and hazel eyes.

When I speak to Polish people I meet they are surprised I am not Polish, my grandfather was Polish though.

My mother has been assumed to be Greek or Italian multiple times due to her skin type and hair style and body frame.
bien - | 1
16 Sep 2015 #150
Merged: How % i look Polish? (my picture)

Hi
My father is italian and mother polish
how % i look polish





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