/ Polish Organizational Skills
You're quite right with this, but did you learn your native language with you parents saying "this is past tense, we use this... ". No. You learn by copying what they say and learn what words and phrases are in context.
I think I know what you mean. What I meant wasn't them giving me full lecture on grammars, acknowledging existence of tenses would be good enough. One night I asked all the Brits (as the first one and next, and next hasn’t got a clue) working on my shift if they know what "tense" is. They didn't know, the only thing they could think of was a spring ("tense? as in a spring?). I just can't imagine not knowing, that's something we learn in primary school.
Could you explain to me the noun cases and when to use them along with all the possible endings? I suspect not, but if you can, then I sure hope you live in Gdansk and have some teaching skills because i'll need to meet you. I've known Polish teachers who can describe the tenses perfectly, but barely knew phrasal verbs and couldn't pronounce 'th' without saying 'd'.
I could, but hate it with all my hart, well, I hate grammar as whole, but was forced to learn in anyway. Even if I might not be sure of smth I’ll know where to find out, as I know it exist ;)
Sorry, not Gdansk, but hey, remember the Internet thing? one may exchange information that way ;)
As for you putting everybody in the same sack. Well, I guess we are, but we are saying 'on the whole', not 'all people'. We're making generalisations and from my experience, I've not _yet_ met any Pole who is a good organiser. Most certainly not in the older generations.
Thank you, I’ll try to remember „on the whole” and “generalizations”, I promise I’ll :)
Finally, your comments about Brits nto knowing where places are or what things are like olives, sadly, in many cases this is true. It was recently(?) shown that many school children are incapable of identifying a vegetable in its raw form. They were also completely unaware that chicken doesn't actualy grow in boxes in the kitchen of McDonalds!
Thanks God for Jamie Oliver ;)