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Posts by byronic  

Joined: 16 Jul 2008 / Male ♂
Last Post: 30 Dec 2008
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From: small bog village called cork.
Speaks Polish?: slightly...
Interests: history, reading, jazz & classical music, off-road driving, the films of Powell & Pressburger, cats and pre 1960 british bikes

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byronic   
30 Dec 2008
UK, Ireland / Britain... What the Poles did for us. [444]

Well personally I would much prefer to see a 'West-end Warsaw' than a Londonistan, which is what that once great city has turned into. And sadly, it looks as if the damage is irreversible.
byronic   
28 Dec 2008
Language / Pimsleur's Polish Lessons [38]

I'm slowly working my way through it, maybe I'm exceptionally dumb, but I think that listening to each lesson just once, at a rate of one per day is too fast for me. I find it better to listen to each lesson 2 or 3 times 'til it gels. Apart from that it's an excellent way to learn, as far as listening and speaking goes. Opinions seem to be divided on whether one should learn to speak first, read first or learn to speak and read simultaneously. Pimsleur seems to suit me the best out of all the methods i tried, but everyone's different!

P.s. i think they recommend that you don't attempt to try to read at the same time, precisely because it will probably look so different to how it sounds.
byronic   
28 Dec 2008
UK, Ireland / Britain... What the Poles did for us. [444]

It seems that if one is a white, Christian European in Britain, then ones needs, beliefs and culture will be ignored by the powers that be. But if one belongs to an ethnic minority and an alien religion then the authorities will fall over themselves to accommodate you. Or perhaps its just me- but I do feel like a stranger in my own country nowadays.
byronic   
28 Dec 2008
UK, Ireland / Britain... What the Poles did for us. [444]

Thank you. One of the aspects of British culture that I admired the most was its tolerance- but now I think it is TOO tolerant. Again, at the risk of being called a racist- I regularly travel abroad, and when in someone elses country I do not expect people to hide their beliefs and culture away for fear of offending me, I respect that i am a guest of that country and i am grateful to be admitted into it- i am of course, speaking of certain non-European elements in the U.K. As for Britains benefit system, it is a well-known fact that the amount of claimants receiving welfare has risen in accord with the generosity of the payments, affording them a relatively comfortable & indolent lifestyle. And i refer to native Britons, not Polish immigrants, who by and large travel to Britain to work, not sponge from the state.
byronic   
28 Dec 2008
UK, Ireland / Britain... What the Poles did for us. [444]

Very true. I left Britain in 1990, when I returned 12 years later i did not recognise the place- a nation of indigenous chavs and sullen asian immigrants, mosques and bargain supermarkets, obese couch potatoes, (usually unemployed through some vague, hard to disprove ailment such as depression or back pain.) & religious fanatics preaching hatred and resentful of the country they chose to dwell in.

Notions such as freedom of speech, concerns for ones culture, and patriotism are quickly quashed and labelled racism. I would welcome all Polish people to Britain and Ireland, because generally they work, they respect that they are in someone else's country, they integrate and are not trying to force their culture on us, but then maybe that is because we share a similar culture anyway.

a warning to the Polish- do not let your country and culture be overrun and destroyed in the same way that Britain has. So far you have not had a large influx of immigrants, but when your economy improves, when they think that there is something to be gained- then you must beware.
byronic   
22 Dec 2008
Real Estate / House prices in Poland to drop more or rise again? [227]

Polands economy will continue to grow up to 2012, and then quite likely accelerate after that, due to European integration funds and multi-nationals looking for a central European base relocating there. Europe and the western world may be in a recession- Poland too, but it will probably weather the storm better.
byronic   
11 Dec 2008
Real Estate / House prices in Poland to drop more or rise again? [227]

I just returned from Lodz, i would like to buy a small house or apartment there, or somewhere in Poland. Does anyone know whether prices will be likely to drop more in the near future, or rise, or remain constant for the forseeable future?
byronic   
4 Dec 2008
UK, Ireland / Britain... What the Poles did for us. [444]

i put RAF in capitals because i was in the services, sometimes i bother, but only when i think it's worth the huge effort of pressing the caps lock.
byronic   
24 Nov 2008
UK, Ireland / Britain... What the Poles did for us. [444]

yes it was a gamble, because the polish pilots were mostly newly converted to RAF fighters and largely untested in battle- and i don't use capitals when i'm typing as i can't be bothered...
byronic   
24 Nov 2008
UK, Ireland / Britain... What the Poles did for us. [444]

seanus- not really, when the RAF was on its last legs air vice marshal dowding released the polish squadrons that were in reserve- he had to, there were few trained pilots left. his gamble paid off, though the polish pilots were inexperienced they proved to be ferocious fighters.

p.s, im confused by the 'practicing my conditionals' bit- i'm english in case you didn't know....
(and the word is 'practiCing' not 'practiSing' :)
byronic   
23 Nov 2008
UK, Ireland / Britain... What the Poles did for us. [444]

BRITAIN What do the Poles owe us. NOTHING, we owe them

i couldn't have put it better. we could all be under nazi rule today if the polish pilots had not tipped the balance in our favour in 1940, and of course the efforts by other branches of polish forces later on.

never forget...
byronic   
4 Sep 2008
Work / English qualifications to start Teaching English In Poland. Is degree of some sort needed? [123]

Thread attached on merging:
i want to teach english in Poland

my Polish girlfriend and i plan to move to poland some day, i'd like to teach english there as i believe native english speakers are sought after, but does anyone know what qualifications i would need, either to teach in a school or teach privately?

p.s im currently learning Polish also.
byronic   
2 Aug 2008
Language / Pimsleur v Rosetta stone [27]

thank you all for your advice. hmmm.... i still don't know which to try.
byronic   
2 Aug 2008
Language / Pimsleur v Rosetta stone [27]

i am trying to learn polish and have decided to invest in a good quality course, can anyone tell me which is better? pimsleur or rosetta, or neither?
byronic   
28 Jul 2008
Language / I'm gonna learn Polish in a month! [86]

so masks, you're about halfway to your goal now, are you on target? i ask, as i am just starting to learn, but im not putting a time limit on myself.