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Joined: 2 Mar 2009 / Male ♂
Last Post: 6 Jan 2010
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Posts: Total: 27 / Live: 6 / Archived: 21
From: Ireland, Dublin.
Speaks Polish?: A few words
Interests: skiing, surfing, kayaking, hillwalking, languages, travelling, cooking, music.

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6 Jan 2010
Life / Russian Language - is it offensive if I speak it to Polish people? [69]

Well, it's obvious for everyone...obviously!

On topic: I don't think anyone would be offended for someone speaking Russian to them in'd just be more a case of not being understood by younger people, as has already been said.
6 Jan 2010
Life / Russian Language - is it offensive if I speak it to Polish people? [69]

It's not like that, Seanus. It's the hyper-proper thing. [b]We are informed that people in the Islands don't like that when, say, you land in Wales and call it England, so we are advised to always say Britain.

No! Britain = Wales, Scotland & England together.
Britanny (Bretagne in French) is a region of northwest France. Britain and Britanny are different words in English and have different corresponding meanings.
England is not the same thing as Britain. Of course people in Wales won't like it if you call their country England, as it simply isn't England! Fact!

Britain is not the same thing as Britanny (Bretagne).
6 Jan 2010
Travel / Skiing in Strbske Pleso (Slovakia) [2]


I know it's not Poland strictly speaking, but just over the border is the ski resort of Strbske Pleso in the Tatra Range. I've skied in Zakopane before and it was brilliant. However, I'm interested in trying out Strbske Pleso.

Has anyone here ever skiied there before? I think Ukpolska might have?

I am trying to figure out how to actually get there without hiring a car.

Found this on another website as instructions of how to get there from Krakow:
the quickest+ cheapest way too is BUS to Zakopane, MINIbus to border, cross over (GET SKK!) then bus to StarySmokovec-Poprad, about hourly. whole trip may cost like 8-9 Euro and takes some 4 hrs if lucky with connections.

It sounds complicated and quite a schlep!

My question is what is the easiest way to get to Strbske Pleso is flying from Ireland (where I live)? Which airport should I fly to and what then would be the easiest way to get there?

Or is it simply a case of having to hire a car?

Thanks for any advice.
6 Jan 2010
Language / Too many English words in the Polish language! [709]

As part of my university degree years ago, I did a dissertation on Anglicisms in other languages, with a focus on (Anglicisms in) French. What an interesting thread!

I think it's part of natural language progression that languages will always absorb words from other languages, especially dominant ones.
17 Mar 2009
Life / Do you think that Polish people are rude? [951]

I don't think Poles have as much social intelligence as other cultures.
They have no qualms about blocking pavements so that other people have to go onto the roadway to get past them; they don't generally stand out of your way for you; don't hold doors open for others, nor say 'sorry' if they bump into you. Poles think nothing of barging into on the pavement, as though you weren't there. It's weird.

You don't notice this as much in Poland, but it stands out more in Dublin when you come into contact with Poles.
3 Mar 2009
Life / Do you think that Polish people are rude? [951]

I don't think Poles are rude; their manners are just a bit different.
For example, when I was in Poland (only on a short visit, mind) I noticed that people there generally don't hold open a door for you. There are also more sparing with 'please' and thank you' than their Irish counterparts would be.

I remember, in Zakopane, I held a door open for a guy coming out of a shop and he starred after me in amazement!

I think Poles' radar is a lot smaller than an Irish person's. An Irish person is more aware of what's going on around them, like standing back for someone, holding a door, etc.

In the bus station in Krakow, the woman at the information desk yelled at for asking her a question! I didn't mind, as I find it funny!

Also, I get the feeling Poles don't do 'small talk' like the way Irish people do. This might come across as standoffish to an Irish/British person, but I think it's just the Polish way and isn't rudeness.

But these are just minor things and the Poles have other redeeming qualities. Differences, after all, are what make the world interesting.