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5 Jan 2010
Language / Too many English words in the Polish language! [709]

A language benefits from imported words. A major portion of English is borrowed words from Latin, French, Chinese, Japanese, etc. and English is all the richer for it. Japanese has freely borrowed many English terms. I imagine in a few decades as the Chinese star rises, we and much of the world will find ourselves borrowing and using Chinese words in our languages.
24 Dec 2009
Travel / Is it safe to travel to Poland? [194]

Recently visited for 10 days, had a great time. People friendly, patient with my Polish, and we felt completely safe. Did nothing stupid, however, like going to rauchy areas of town.

We flew into Krakow from Chicago. They processed the entire plane rather quickly through border control. If you have nothing to declare, you walk with your luggage through a door into the airport. There were dogs sniffing luggage, so don't be stupid with trying to smuggle goodies.
13 Nov 2009
USA, Canada / Do many Polish people in America hate Americans? [592]

A vast majority of Americans think the US is best country in the world and in many ways is. Hard working people can become very wealthy, although most don't.

There are paradoxes. The US has excellent health care, if you have money. About 1/3 of its citizens don't have health insurance. Lose your job, your health insurance goes with it. Overall, the US ranks 37th in world. It is the only industrialized country without universal coverage.
13 Nov 2009
USA, Canada / Do many Polish people in America hate Americans? [592]

Our middle class is under constant threat by loss of jobs and an unfair tax burden. The only part of society that has increasing income are the rich. Thanks to the last eight years of government, their tax burden has declined.

Jobs are constantly being eliminated by consolidation of companies. People without jobs cannot buy goods, so I think you will see a very significant decline Americans' consumption of consummer goods.

Congressmen and women are a joke. They have been bought and paid for by corporations. For example, Liberman, the "independent", says he won't vote for health bill with a public insurance option. How independent can he be when he has accepted in excess of $3,000,000 from the health and insurance sectors over the course of his career. How does a campaign contribution differ from a bribe?
30 Apr 2009
Language / Polish was chosen the HARDEST LANGUAGE in the world to learn... :D [1558]

Simplified basic rules on Polish vocative (there may be an exception here or there):

Thank you, Mafketisu. Very helpful.

because the Japanese probably didn't have any Navajo speakers or even any linguists who had knowledge of it

The Japanese had captured a couple of Navahoes who were not code talkers. The problem was, the captured people recognized the words, but didn't know what they meant. Navaho for turtle stood for a tank. Literal Navaho "Turkey Rain" sounds a bit like terrain when literally translated so turkey rain was terrain.

See and

for good explanations.
22 Apr 2009
Language / Windows XP Polish Font help needed [25]

I need the font to be Polish in the notepad.

Spend $50 and have your local computer repair shop or dealer install the Polish Language set. Or do it yourself. It is very easy. Go to Microsoft help from your Start Menu and input "language."

This is what it says:

"To switch languages or keyboards from the taskbar

Open Regional and Language Options in Control Panel.

On the Languages tab, under Text services and input languages, click Details.

Under Preferences, click Language Bar.

In the Language Bar Settings dialog box, select the Show additional Language bar icons in the Notification area check box.

Click OK three times.

Click the language icon or the keyboard icon on the taskbar to display a menu.
Click a language or keyboard."
16 Oct 2008
Law / Laundromats in Poland? Good business venture or not? [90]

They're called Duds and Suds. Duds for the clothes you wash and suds for the foam on top of the beer. Have one a few minutes from here.

there was a laundromat that served beer and food in one city in the USA

10 Jul 2008
History / What do Poles think about Turks? [761]

Danish cartoonists don't like Muslims, I'm sure it's just a misunderstanding.

Muslims have a difficult time accepting any kind of criticism of Islam. They seem to lack a sense of humor when it comes to religion.
5 May 2008
History / Polish hatred towards Jews... [1290]

in Canada, because of 'hate crime' laws, a non-Jew cannot use the word 'Jew' in public

I think you have badly mis-understood what constitutes a "hate crime." Saying "Die, Jew, die" while stomping the person would be a hate crime. Saying "I don't think Jews are fair in their treatment of Palestines" would not.
2 May 2008
USA, Canada / Do many Polish people in America hate Americans? [592]

EbonyandBathory: America, for all her faults, has nearly always provided the thing people come here looking for; hope and opportunity.

Whether you were born in America or came as immigrant, if you don't like it, leave. There's no exit tax; you can take all of your worldly goods, money, etc. No one will stop you. Don't let the door hit you in the ass as you leave.
30 Apr 2008
History / Polish hatred towards Jews... [1290]

EbonyandBathory: people out here still think of me as a "slow, little" Iowan

You must get that impression corrected. Remind them you are a "slow, little" Missourian from the Ozarks.
27 Apr 2008
History / POLAND: EASTERN or CENTRAL European country? [1072]

Michal: That is why in 1945, Europe was saved by the Russians, almost single handedly.

I think had the UK made peace with Germany after the fall of Paris, Russia would have been forced into a stalemate with German occupying Russia west of Urals. Interesting fiction book called Fatherland covers such a line.
23 Apr 2008
History / Polish hatred towards Jews... [1290]

osiol: If you want to rule, it helps first to divide.

If you want to keep ruling, it also helps to divide.

Who gets the blame when things are not going well in your country. Certainly not the people in charge. They blame the problems on a convenient minority.

Mugabe blames Zibabwe's problems on white farmers and the UK trying to reestablished a colony. His corruption and incompetence has nothing to do with it.

Idi Amin expelled some 50,000 Indians from Uganda because God told him to do so. Boy, did that solve Uganda's problems.

Prior to WWII German Jew were well integrated into German society. Most considered themselves nationally as Germans and religiously as Jewish or no religion. They had served the German nation well during WWI.

If you don't have Jews, you target gays, or Lutherans, or Blacks or whoever convienent.
20 Apr 2008
History / Polish hatred towards Jews... [1290]

MareGaea: It was my bloody Bar-Mitzwa and they were not invited because they were Protestant.

A Dutch thing? Here in the states I have been invited to a few Bar-Mitzva here in the states by Jewish friends, and was glad to attend because we knew the boys involved very well.
15 Apr 2008
Life / Alcohol problems of Polish people [141]

According to the UN WHO study Poland ranks 26th in consumption of alcohol. Don't think they're the worst in terms of alcoholics.

Rank Liters/Year Country
1 15.6 Luxembourg
2 13.7 Ireland
3 13.6 Hungary
4 13.2 Moldova, Rep
5 13.0 Czech Rep
6 12.3 Croatia
7 12.0 Germany
8 11.8 United Kingdom
9 11.7 Denmark
10 11.7 Spain
11 11.5 Portugal
12 11.4 France
13 11.1 Austria
14 10.8 Switzerland
15 10.6 Belgium
16 10.4 Slovakia
17 10.3 Russian Federation
18 9.9 Lithuania
19 9.7 Netherlands
20 9.7 Romania
21 9.6 Latvia
22 9.3 Finland
23 9.0 Bosnia and Herzegovina
24 9.0 Greece
25 8.6 Serbia and Montenegro
26 8.1 Poland
27 8.0 Italy
28 7.8 Estonia
29 7.0 Iceland
30 6.7 Slovenia
31 6.1 Ukraine
32 6.0 Malta
33 6.0 Sweden
34 5.9 Bulgaria
35 5.7 Macedonia, FYR
36 5.5 Belarus
37 5.5 Norway
38 4.4 Faeroe Islands
39 2.0 Albania
3 Apr 2008
Love / What's the way to seduce a Polish girl ? [64]

Ranj: What exactly is a "slut"?

Slut is a term for a person who is deemed sexually promiscuous. The term has traditionally been applied to women and is often used as an insult or offensive term of disparagement. Slut has also been reclaimed as a slang term in the BDSM, polyamorous and gay and bisexual communities (see alternative uses below). It may be used by the person concerned as an expression of pride in their status, or as an expression of enviousness in the "success rate" of others. The term is not interchangeable with ***** or prostitute as those terms denote a person who engages in sex for money.

Did someone give Arien a box of Smileys for April Fools' Day?
27 Mar 2008
USA, Canada / Polish Tutor in California [23]

RJ_cdn said: In the meantime you can use this IvoSoftware

Quite impressive.
4 Mar 2008
Language / Windows XP Polish Font help needed [25]

As Posith indicates, adding the Polish language is the best thing to do because you then can have the Polish alphabet available in virtually all programs. MS Work, Excel, etc.

Also, you can switch back and forth in the middle of document between languages.

There is a good article written by Grzegorz Jagodziński about setting this up at: - Polish Keyboard Drivers

In addition to using the Alt key, you can also use the ~ key (tilde) followed by a to get ą and so forth.