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Posts by mateinone  

Joined: 15 Mar 2009 / Male ♂
Last Post: 16 May 2016
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From: Australia, Ballarat
Speaks Polish?: a little
Interests: Spending time with friends, learning about different cultures, playing cricket

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mateinone   
16 May 2016
Life / What's the best Polish radio station? [33]

Thank you very much
I went with the two I had as I was running short and she loved them, I had to explain that no it wasn't on the radio in Australia, but through the phone and bluetooth,but it was really great

I am going to add the other stations suggested here for later.

Thank you so very much!
mateinone   
14 May 2016
Life / What's the best Polish radio station? [33]

Merged: Popular Polish Radio

Hi
My girlfriends mother is in the country and I am taking her for a drive tomorrow whilst my girlfriend runs a marathon.
Unfortunately I don't speak any conversational Polish still and she doesn't understand any English.
I would like to try and make the drive as comfortable as possible for her, so I was thinking of putting some Polish Radio on in the car and I was wondering if I could get 3-4 popular radio stations for say the 50-60 year age group with music a bit of news etc.

I will look to connect to it via Tunein Radio.

I have so far connected a couple in
RMF FM
Radio ZET

I don't know if they are appropriate or not?
Any suggestions would be very much appreciated

Dziękuję
mateinone   
30 Mar 2010
History / Does Poland deserve credit for the 1989 Revolution? [87]

mateinone:
I am not sure what Poland really could have done to make it any different

marqoz:Uh, Solidarity?

Uh, Solidarity? What exactly does that have to do with what I posted. You quote me thinking over what the options were for Poland to have changed the Western perception and you quote simply Solidarity. Which in context means nothing at all.

mateinone:I am not even sure why it is important to Poland for others to know Poland's role.

marqoz: Maybe Poles don't like to be treated as men from nowhere.

So how was Amsterdam? I ask because you have just come up with a 2/2 for nothing posts. So apparently a Pole is treated as a man from nowhere because the west uses the symbol of the Berlin Wall to emphasise the end of communism in mainland Europe? Really that is what it means?? What a ridiculous concept.

Ironside:
Australian History (85%)

marqoz: Geez! How boring it must be. 4 hours a week about Aborigines. What you're doing at that time? Trying to play didgeridoo?

Oh how ridiculously ignorant you are. It is good though when people like yourself post rubbish like this, because quite simply it leaves no doubt as to the mental maturity of the person on the other end.

Australia's history as a settlement is only 200 years old, but (like any country) a lot has happened in 200 years. More than some others, less than some others, but more than enough to fill the minds of students. Pick any country in the world practically and study only their history for your history classes and you will still come up with enough. There are obviously people who study nation's histories for the large portion of their careers, let alone 85% of history time at school. But whatever, you are a waste of time.
mateinone   
2 Feb 2010
Life / Do you think a smoking ban would be a good thing in Polish restaurants and Bars? [217]

why should one group of people have the right to dictate to other persons which legal activities they can allow on their property?

Why is something legal or illegal in the first place? Because a group of people passed legislation outlining the rights of other people/groups/organisations. So by the very virtue of living in a governed non-anarchistic state, you are living in a society that determines that groups of people dictate the standards by which others live.

You are right smoking in public/private places in many countries is currently legal, but it is being faded out. When you consider that smoking would be in the top 3 causes for health expenditure in most western countries, I would expect that the average tax payer has a reason to want to see change.

I would think that once upon a time there were schools/hospitals that you could smoke and now you no longer can? A law was passed that the health of the person not smoking was important enough to outlaw others having the "right" to impact them.

Governments are essentially law makers, so of course they have a right to legalize or criminalize an activity as they see fit, if it is unjust then people will rise up and vote them out, I doubt this has happened often over smoking laws, if at all.

Take the following as an example..
Once opium houses were legal in Australia. It was no issue to go to one of these houses and get as high as a kite. Now obviously over time as the government (and most likely pushed by public demand) has decided that these establishments where unhealthy/dangerous etc, they have outlawed them and the practice in general. I would suggest it would not be at all stretching the truth to suggest that people would have been indignant and wondered themselves what gave the government the right to ban this "legal" activity.

Whilst everyone has the right to challenge through their local government laws to be enacted and in fact can of course run and attempt to overturn legislation themselves... questioning the right of a group of people to change or implement laws seems a strange thing to be questioning when it is the fundamental basis of the society most of us live in.
mateinone   
2 Feb 2010
Life / Do you think a smoking ban would be a good thing in Polish restaurants and Bars? [217]

I am currently a "non smoker", but that has only been weeks and I have little doubt I will smoke again. My stance on the club/restaurant...? I think any ban would be a very good idea and I thought so a month ago when I was smoking as well, even though I loved a smoke with a beer/coffee/scotch.

I am not going to argue that the pub/club culture is not effected negatively (from the business perspective), but I will argue that it is

- safer for patrons/staff
- Not a bad thing to get people off the streets and back at home drinking (in regards to safer streets etc)
- a far more pleasant dining experience
- Will help reduce smoking numbers the more places it is banned and the less sociable that it becomes.

Future generations will smoke in smaller numbers than current generations (in developed countries) and that number will only continue to decrease more and more over time. In essence at some stage a country will completely ban cigarettes and then eventually others will follow suit. It is not an easy decision, due to the taxation money that is lost through this source of revenue, but it is going to happen, probably around about the time that number of smokers drop down around 5% or less.

Any bans that lead to less smoking (in general) are a good thing, regardless of any initial pain suffered by pubs/clubs.
mateinone   
14 Jan 2010
Language / NAMES POLES GIVE THEIR DOGS [76]

Yes I think we must have.. We probably got the whiteboard out and had a phone-conference with the cousins and all... or one of us kids who were about 2-3 probably just started calling it that and it stuck..... not sure which is the more likely scenario.
mateinone   
13 Jan 2010
Language / NAMES POLES GIVE THEIR DOGS [76]

Of course it is not Polish.. but my first dog growing up was..
brown dog :P
mateinone   
10 Jan 2010
Australia / NEW POLISH CAFE IN BRUNSWICK, MELBOURNE!- court jester cafe [16]

I was going to ask how good the Sunshine one was.
My sister lives in Sunshine and it is only 45-50 minutes from where I am. I have been meaning to check that place out for a while. So it is recommended then I guess?
mateinone   
10 Jan 2010
Australia / NEW POLISH CAFE IN BRUNSWICK, MELBOURNE!- court jester cafe [16]

I am in Ballarat these days, thought I used to live in Thornbury a fair few years ago, well and Preston and Brunswick and Fitzroy (I may have moved around a few times :P)

I get down to Melbourne once a month now days
mateinone   
31 Dec 2009
History / Life in communism vs democracy in Poland [234]

The thing is that most of these are achievable without communism.

The same standards for all is not necessarily a positive (in fact I think it is a negative). It is an idealistic benefit, but then if one person works harder or has more skills, why shouldn't they be rewarded with promotions, better pay etc etc.

low crime is achievable anywhere, no unemployment is not really, but very low unemployment is. Free medicare and education is common in a number of countries.
mateinone   
29 Dec 2009
History / Does Poland deserve credit for the 1989 Revolution? [87]

There is a good reason that people consider the defining moment of the communist revolt the tearing down of the wall. Germany was always a big player, in Australia we knew a lot about Germany, no doubt in the US as well. The wall was symbolic and known as something people constantly risked their lives to cross. It was as well known as the great wall of china, no doubt more known than Hadrians Walls. It was a very symbolic reminder of the USSR control. Also with Germany such a big player in Europe (for all the wrong reasons) in the 20th century, it is not surprising.

Also behind Russia, East Germany would have been considered (by the western world) the least likely European country to break from communism. Nobody knew anything about Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Romania, Bulgaris, Hungary, Poland. These were just names of places that no one would ever go to in their life. But Germany was a country split in half with everyone knowing that families were split that one day your cousin was accessible, the next day they were not.

Now those steeped in history have an idea about things, but that is not the average human and really you could not expect that the average student would have any idea about how any of the countries broke from communism, only that a number of them were communist countries and that the wall was torn down. In Australia, I cannot imagine why it would be taught in schools, other than to fluke it onto the curriculum.

History in Australian schools is likely to be made up of

Australian History (85%)
World History (15%)
The World History is likely to cover the two wars, it is likely to cover issues like women's suffrage, child labour changes, the English Feudal Sytem, the Industrial Revolution, Egypt etc

Things that are really unlikely (but may be lucky to get a look in)
Minor Roman History
Minor Greek History
Rulers (such as Napoleon, Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great)
American Civil War (more to do with slavery/racism in the US)

Things really unlikely to get a look in
French Revolution
Spanish Revolution
Hungarian Revolution
Russian Revolution
Peter the Great
Joseph Stalin (other than mainly his dealings in World War II)
Vladimir Lenin
Poland anything
Czech anything
Yugoslav anything
Romanian anything
Bulgarian anything
Asian anything
etc etc

Now this may sound like "geez, what do they teach these people" but think about it. Most of all history in any country will be teaching about the country, that is a bulk of the workload, fair enough as well. Then when you look outside that to a global outlook, there are only so many subjects that can be covered. Of course there are specialised history courses, but in general a student will do a few hours of history each week (say 5), you can only cover so much in that time and any of the topics taught are as relevant as the ones not taught.

I have an interest in the subject, so I spent a lot of time reading up on it personally and those that are interested will do just that or they will chose it as a topic for a project of some kind. Of course though the average conversation people have does not surround the fall of continental communism and there are not plaques up all over Australia discussing the shipyards etc. I am not sure what Poland really could have done to make it any different other than if they had some well known symbolic barrier keeping their people from entering the west, but with all the borders communist borders, this simply never was the case and if there was, it would never have become as well known in the west.

It is a fact that the Berlin Wall will forever be symbolic in the west, that is just the way it is. I am not even sure why it is important to Poland for others to know Poland's role. It should forever be important to Poland and of course the history books, but for others ... well they do not even think about it, it is not relevant to their lives.
mateinone   
26 Dec 2009
Love / Polish blonde and a British pensioner. No fool like an old fool, or is it love. [57]

Anyway, who put this age limit? If it is about a baby and raising the baby, he has much money already and it is no problem to raise the baby. you pity yourselves.

Hmm not sure why i am replying, but I will.

The thing is that if you are looking for a serious relationship then you need to be somewhere within your range. Otherwise chances are for a good portion of your life together, one is going to be a nurse/care giver to the other. The social groups do not work either. If he is hanging around with younger friends, they are tolerating him. If she is hanging around with his friends, in 10 years he will be 40, and have no one as all of his friends are dying/dead.

She is a beautiful enough girl, no doubt she would have suitors without a problem, I do not really believe she has fallen head over heels for this man. I wonder how she would feel if she knew she was not going to be in his will or had an iron clad prenuptial agreement?

As for wanting to be in his position? No, I do not want to be 72 years of age hoping to fall in love and possibly even convincing myself that this 29 year old beauty has fallen for me for my wit and charm. I would much prefer that when I do get to that age, I am living with my lifelong love and looking after grandkids etc etc..

I also think it is ridiculous that you really believe most women would rather get to 29 and be in that position of going to be with a 72 year old than to have found their "one" and be settling down and perhaps to be having children etc... In fact I would say it is so ridiculous that you do not believe it either, you are simply looking to be outrageous.
mateinone   
26 Dec 2009
Love / Polish blonde and a British pensioner. No fool like an old fool, or is it love. [57]

I must admit that I am extremely sceptical that thsi is a dream made in heaven or anything of the likes. 10 years... sure. 15 years.. maybe.. 20 years.. hard to believe.. 40... it would be some unbelievable miracle that these two are there completely for love.

Even on his point, he would love any 29 year old in the world who was willing to show an interest in loving him surely. On her part.. I would think it has a 99% chance of being a monetary thing. Surely she did not just fall in love with a guy of 40 years older and think... hmm for as long as possible I want to share my bed and life with this person.

However... it is not a Polish thing, it is a world thing. There are gold diggers everywhere.
mateinone   
23 Dec 2009
Classifieds / Asian community in Poland [104]

But i just hope it doesnt turn out like in Australia were basically its ruled with Asians and indians

That is not actually true Pawel, there are still far more anglo/europeans in Australia than asians. I happen to agree that there is probably too much immigration here, but your comments are not actually accurate.

[quote=Learner]Also, poles are immigrants in many parts of the world, and would definately loved to be seen and treated equally and with respect[quote]Why is that relevant? If your family has lived in an area for 150-200 years and have contributed to making it a fantastic place, then they are the real "Australians/American" etc. The aborigines of Australia were here first, the Indian in America were the first there, that does not however lessen the fact that the country as it is now known was build by the settlers and those that come after then.

Afghan has no idea at all. He starts off with Australia is a shithole. I am biased, I am an Australian.. however... Australia is a fantastic place, it is a place where hard work is rewarded, be that hard work in an office or out on the land. It is a friendly place where people would rather help than hinder. I have been living in my latest address for 12 months, within the first month everyone had stopped and said hello. Education is free until Uni and then subsidised, medical is free to those who cannot afford it, same with dental. A single mother has a kid who needs braces... no worries. An old person has nowhere to live or no one to look after them.. no worries. Now not all Australians are great or even good, but it constantly ranks very high in regards to standard of living polls and has for many many years, there is a good reason for that.

By all means Afghan bag the place... but I wonder why it is that there are so many people that immigrate to Australia and not away from it?? hmm... must be a desperate horrible place to live.. I would much rather you keep that thought and stay the hell away.

rant over..
mateinone   
10 Dec 2009
Food / Polish honey liquor called something like "vitatass"? [37]

Vitatis or Viryta is a common Lithuanian honey liquor enjoyed in the Baltimore area. Many make it at home with honey, orange peal, lemon peal, cinnamon, cardamon, nutmeg, allspice, pepper, ginger, and vanilla.

It appears it is honey alcohol beverage made by the Lithuanians, using plants from Lithuania, but only really made in the US and seemingly Baltimore is where it all started (still is?)

The following link has more detail on it: citypaper.com/printStory.asp?id=10542
mateinone   
10 Dec 2009
Language / ch - antychryst - chłeb [13]

Just to confirm...
Is it my hearing that is wrong or is that saying a "k" sound.



everytime I hear
anarchia and antychryst it sounds like a k to me..

Yeah I thought this right up until today.. perhaps it is just my hearing or something... check out the video if you get the chance and see if it just me.. in which case I better get my ears checked :P

But.. I notice the ch 'wh' sound and have heard it in many words.. arrghhh :( :P

And now.. I cannot even decide if it is a wh or a k.. sheesh I need some sleep... when you cannot tell a k from a h something is really wrong ...
mateinone   
10 Dec 2009
Language / ch - antychryst - chłeb [13]

Okay, so I am getting slowly used to pronouncing Polish words (poorly :P ) but now I am confused. Generally the one thing about Polish is that as hard as it is to pronounce most words (and even hard to pick them up when other people pronounce them) they pretty much read as they are wrote.

Now I was just going back over Janusz's videos and the words antychryst and anarchia struck me as odd because the ch sounds is pronounced like a "k" rather than a "wh" sound.

Is there a common rule around this that i can follow that will help me with this.. ie (rch is rk and chr is kr, the rest is wh) or is it a matter of having to come across this stumbling block on a case by case basis?

lol I just read the heading and have no idea why I put ł instead of l in chleb, other than I had been up all night going through word list after word list and just got myself totally messed up...

Still not sure about the whole CH sound though... :(
Especially after seeing chrystus pronounced with a "wh" sound... sheesh I am going to go nuts on this :(
mateinone   
9 Dec 2009
Life / Are foreigners welcome in Poland? [267]

I loved Poland, hence there reason I am still so very interested and why I will continue to be interested. No we had an interesting encounter with an absolutely massive bloke there who lets say appeared to be "connected".

At first he wanted to kill us just because we were sitting near his friend, then he realised we were Australian and had not been involved in any of the happening.

Invited us to come out to a club (despite us being dressed out in nothing but t-shirts and tracksuit pants :P) and even though we go way to drunk, was extremely tolerant and a fantastic host.

Every single person I met in Poland was friendly, from the person trying to show some idiot (me) where the bus out to the Salt Mines was, to the waitress that brought us pizza and tomato sauce (wtf is that about???), to the guy at the internet cafe etc etc.

I hear stories like a couple of stories in here and that is so terribly disappointing. No doubt at all and if they had happened to me the chances are that I would not have ever gone back, but I can only go on what I seen and I am dying to get the time off to go back again.
mateinone   
7 Dec 2009
History / Communism fell 20 years ago, Poland led the fight since WW2 [239]

This is the best thread that I have read on any forum anywhere. Only ruined by the ridiculousness of Constantine. I am not sure why his posts were not just deleted and the thread left to run its course.

You have done a sensational job Powian. I know a fair amount about this time, but there is a lot of information in there that I did not know and it has left me looking up links, chasing up things to read up on later etc.

two thumbs up on an exceptional thread!!
mateinone   
5 Dec 2009
Life / Do expats living in Poland speak Polish? [233]

For everything you are saying Fuzzy about gross generalizations and mistruths etc, you then make grandiose assertions.

Polish language is useless outside of Poland.
It is not useless, it is not mandatory, but any European language can be useful in any other western country in the world. I have Latvian, Dutch, Czech, Polish, German, Austrian, Greek, Russian, Romanian, Serbian, Brittish, Italian, Turkish, Swedish and Irish friends here in Australia. Now granted that means at the moment i would never have had the chance to speak Portugese, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Danish, Flemish and a handful of other languages, but I would have had the chance to speak those other languages if I knew them. Mandatory.. No, but certainly not useless.

Your comments about people from rich economies etc is just rubbish you are throwing up for the sake of sounding as though you come from some sort of superior country.

Well I am Australian, so I probably qualify as being one of those people. We have low unemployment, a welfare system that takes cares of those that cannot, free medical, free education, housing assistance etc etc.

Salary wise I will not go into specifics, but I am a senior IT professional, so I do ok.

Why then with that would I want to learn Polish? Why if asked "what language would you want to learn most?" would I answer Polish?

Simply languages are learned for many reasons. Some may learn a language because it is close to their native tongue and as such think it will be easy. Some may want to learn a language because of how difficult it is. Others may have a partner who is from the country and want to make the effort. Perhaps people want to travel to a country and not come across as loud ignorant travelers from some other areas of the world.

Personally... I want to learn because the country intrigues me, because I want to travel through the countryside in the smaller villages/towns etc and think it would be difficult to get the full experience without a better than 'basic" knowledge of the language. I think it is difficult beyond belief. I am not a natural linguist and I find pronouncing a number of the sounds really difficult, but.. it is a challenge and maybe I will not ever speak it, but I would rather spend my evenings learning that then watching something on the idiot box or play world of warcraft or whatever the hell it is that most other people are doing at night.
mateinone   
4 Dec 2009
History / What Was Poland like in the year 1988? [50]

That sounds like a heck of an adventure Bzibzioh, even in a mały Fiat (which I just seen for the first time now :) ).

That is pretty much exactly what I am talking about, that sort of trip could not be done or really appreciated here in Australia (or now in Poland either of course), because it is too simple to jump in a car and even drive 2,000kms here without any other thought than.. I have a couple of days spare, so why not.

Whereas that sounds like a trip you will remember forever.

:) If I'd ever write my memoir I'll let you know!

If you ever did publish your memoirs I would lap it up :)

btw, your English is very good, it is amazing because by the standards that foreigners judge their English and say it is poor... I will never even be poor in Polish at this rate :P
mateinone   
4 Dec 2009
History / What Was Poland like in the year 1988? [50]

This is a topic I would love to speak to someone in some depth about. I read a book on Poland written in maybe the 60's/70's by a Brittish author (it is still somewhere deep in my collection, but I am not sure where). It mentioned things such as long queues for bread and all the normal stuff you always heard in the West, but it went on to discuss how Poles still quite frequently openly discussed politics etc, I found this strange because I recall thinking that in the midst of this time the Soviets were extremely strong and that I thought that it would be very easy to be locked up.

It would be wonderful to read the diary/autobiography of someone who lived perhaps as a child through the war and their life through communism and then also the same type of paper from someone that was born in the late 60s and how as a young man/woman (ie college student) they first hand experienced the hopes that communism would falter and what that meant to them. The whole communist break down has long intrigued me, but not from a political sense, that is there for all to view. More from a human perspective and the differences of opinion across the different countries. My friend was around in those days, but his father was quite high up in a company and they had a car and plenty of holidays etc, so to him his childhood was very good. To others life may have been more of a struggle.
mateinone   
2 Dec 2009
News / What is wrong with Poland that Poles emigrate? [167]

I read an article specifically about this phenomenon about 3 years ago. It mentioned that accountants and even doctors etc were moving from Poland to England because with the strength of the pound they were able to make a better living, even in unskilled work than they could at home. It was talking about a fear that Poland would end up loosing it's skilled labour force and looking at ways that this could be turned around.

It went on to mention that the Polish government was looking at incentives to help retain it's work force. Now I am not sure what these policies are/were, but I remember reading a follow up article (which I was able to find again) timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article3378877.ece which suggests that the tide is turning and stating to flow back the other way.

This makes sense, with a strong pound compared to a weak PLN and weaker overall economy it made sense for people to go out and make a start in life, the opening of the doors in regards to removing work restrictions means this was not surprising, nor is the trend for them to want to go home after a period of time as well.

Just in case anything I have said is inflammatory.. (cannot see what, but I know some people are a bit touchy), I am not British and have no qualms either way, I feel that the EU is working as designed and this was always going to be the case. The idea was to pool the strengths of Europe together.
mateinone   
1 Dec 2009
Life / 3 reasons why you hate Poland. [1011]

3. The way that the Communist mentality seems so entrenched. When did the Berlin Wall come down?

Is this really the case? If so I am quite surprised. I would have suspected that the generation X, the kids born in the 70's would have been the people at the forefront of change, that living through the transition during their formative years and now be 30-40 year olds that they would have led a totally different direction.

I was discussing this very topic with a Polish friend the other day and I asked what they thought about the legacy, how long until it becomes a distant memory? He has been gone many years now, but thought in many ways it would be rooted out of society already and I tended to agree that this seemed a logical likelihood.

If it is still so deeply rooted, when does it become a memory? When does it just become something that is taught as school but is distant from reality for any person? I was actually bemoaning that it would get to a stage where it would soon enough be hard to find people to recall the state of affairs when the country was under the stiff arm of the Soviets (not for a second am I suggesting that it should ever have been or that I wished it was longer). Just that it would be interesting to speak with people from that era about how the era actually was. That is one of my main interests in all of the former Eastern Bloc countries... How was life truly during the years after WWII and up until the break from communism and even the 5 years directly after that.
mateinone   
24 Mar 2009
Language / Pimsleur's Polish Lessons [38]

-in the restaurant in ulica street?

In street Street? :P

I actually have both Pimsleur and Michel Thomas and I like both. If you want help with "writing" the words, then go through the lessons on this site, they are nothing short of sensational and through the pronunciation of the alphabet it will improve your spelling out of sight.

I would also think it is worth some or of visual work. So and internet course or a book or something that just lets you work at your pace to compliment the speed of the cds.

Michel Thomas is an interesting way of learning as you learn with the man & woman that are learning at the same time. I have only done cd one, but it deals a lot more with the whole this/it, it, how, why etc Pimsluer tries to constuct a final story and knowing the final story(ies) it builds it from the start.

The comments about being American are a little sensitive. I am Australian and will never need to use Jestem Amerykaninem, but that is not really the point being made.

Pimsleur has a better method of introducing new words. It will pronounce from the last syllable and work backwards. I find this very easy to work with.

There is no doubt that Michel Thomas works through a lot more words/scenarios thought.
I do believe that if you do the 30 cds in Pimsleur Polish I you will be able to verbally engage native Polish people with some simple requests.. can I have a beer, can you book a table for eight etc etc. Remember there are 3 courses in the Pimsleur group and the 30cds covers Polish I, basic level Polish.

One big advantage for Michel Thomas is that if your cd does not have a "seek" facility in your car or a pause etc, each section on the cds is broken up, so it is easy to skip back and forth.

Anyway, just my thoughts on what I have found so far.