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Posts by Marek  

Joined: 15 Feb 2007 / Male ♂
Last Post: 16 Jun 2009
Threads: Total: 4 / Live: 0 / Archived: 4
Posts: Total: 867 / Live: 250 / Archived: 617
From: Nowy Jork
Speaks Polish?: Tak
Interests: rozgrywki, podrozy

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Marek   
16 Jul 2008
Polonia / Ever been to Sweden? [185]

By car, foot, train, plane, horse and buggy? What mode of conveyance? -:) LOL
Marek   
16 Jul 2008
Polonia / Ever been to Sweden? [185]

Lebbe! (Your forum name rhymes with the Braunschweig clothing store "Flebbe")

Bist du Deutsche(r)? I trust you're kidding -:)!! LOL Also, I know there are no rules regarding vulgarity, but "sucks" is rather common (etwas ordinaere Sprache) Try another expression. English is a banquet when it comes to words and most poor suckers out there are starving.

Just for your information -:)
Marek   
16 Jul 2008
Language / Children's Songs in Polish [66]

-:)!

Tak jest. Bardzo dziękuję! Was recently at a gala event hosted by our local Fundacja Kośćiuskiej and they sang this lovely song. I looked for the words in the Polish-language program, but to no avail.

Pozdrawiam,
Marek   
16 Jul 2008
Language / Children's Songs in Polish [66]

Is 'Lato, lato...' specifically a children's song? I can't seem to find it.
Marek   
8 Jul 2008
Life / The Pole is happy when someone else cries... [75]

I agree with David and others. Envy is scarcely the monopoly of the Poles! The Germans say 'Schadenfreude ist die schoenste Freude.' = Gloating is the sweetest pleasure.

I seem to recall a similar thread on precisely this topic some time back. Or am I mistaken?

In terms of personal jealousies, the French, in my experience, top them all:) LOL
Marek   
5 Jul 2008
History / What do Poles think about Turks? [761]

Some might argue that if the US doesn't do the moralizing, then who will. See? It cuts both ways.....both ways it cuts.

Furthermore, it's awful tough being the world's policeman. I'd frankly like a rest, my dogs are tired.
Marek   
5 Jul 2008
History / What do Poles think about Turks? [761]

'What's it to you?"

Was mich das alles angeht? Is this your question? It's because I'm a world citizen as well as an American and what concerns my neighbors concerns me as well.
Marek   
5 Jul 2008
History / What do Poles think about Turks? [761]

McCoy,

bist du zufaellig Wiener?? Den Tuerken koennt ihr den Kaffegenuss verdanken.
You owe the Turks a lot, not merely the enjoyment of said beverage :)

Sorry, McCoy! Are you Polish or Austrian? I suppose my last message didn't really apply to you at all.
Apologies:) LOL
Marek   
1 Jul 2008
Life / Any good Polish films to watch? [110]

Along with 'Katyn', Wajda's 'Kanał' is particularly gripping. Scarecely a Hollywood-Happy Ending :)
Marek   
30 Jun 2008
Life / Any good Polish films to watch? [110]

'Kolejne' (?) = Generations
'Popiół i Diament' = Ashes and Diamonds

are among my favorite Polish films. Polański's 'Nóż we wodzie' unfortunately I've never seen in its entirety:)

The gritty realism of 'Ashes', for example, has stayed with me, the acting by Ewa Cybulska was stunning.
Marek   
27 Jun 2008
History / What do Poles think about Turks? [761]

Maxx,
You're half correct in that regard. There's been considerable speculation regarding the Fenno/Finno-Hungarian connection for years. Guess all the 'trouble' started with Herr Max Budenz, the German linguist working in Hungary and writing in both languages way back in the 19th century. He postulated that all the today Nostratic languages (Merrit Ruhlen's term, not mine!), including Basque, by the way, had a common origin in the Ugritic family of languages.

Rather complicated to go into, but this is the "short" version :) LOL
Marek   
22 Jun 2008
History / What do Poles think about Turks? [761]

Yes, you are :) I'm American. Or as I responded recently when someone else here at PF asked me if in fact I'm American (as I had said that I'm not Polish by birth or extraction); "Guilty by association, don't shoot!" --:) LOL

I've been called far worse, believe me. Yet another wondered if I'm a Republican, to which I countered "While we're calling each other names, might you please tell me yours??" No response.

Am still waiting :)
Marek   
21 Jun 2008
History / What do Poles think about Turks? [761]

For whatever it's worth, I'm always a little surprised when I encounter people who think that Turks and Arabs are the same:) The degree of ignorance in this country (USA) about Turkey is shocking.
Marek   
21 Jun 2008
History / What do Poles think about Turks? [761]

To prawda, Tomku :)

An agreement in fact was reached some years ago regarding the loan from Finland of much needed vowels by the Hungarians, who, lacking that particular type of letter, wanted to sue for historical theft of their vowels by the Finns way back when.

The story, while doubtless apocryphal, caused quite a stir within the the Fenno-Ugric community -:) -:) LOL

Czy mówisz po finsku, turetsku albo po węgiersku?
Marek   
20 Jun 2008
History / What do Poles think about Turks? [761]

An unrelated thread, Maxx, but it has been asserted numerous times over the years by various linguists, that the Finnic or 'Fenno-Ugric' languages are in fact related to the Turkic :)
Marek   
18 Jun 2008
History / What do Poles think about Turks? [761]

I repeat, were I a citizen of an EU-member state such as France or Germany, I too might have second, third, even fourth, thoughts about Turkey joining 'Club Europa'. However, being pragmatic, I may just have to accept the inevitable, bury the hatchet and retrench from there.

Those holding out until the very last stand, will only lose in the end if they maintain this 'do or die' strategy!
Marek   
18 Jun 2008
History / What do Poles think about Turks? [761]

Yarin tesekkurler!--::)

My vote is YES to allow Turkey to join, but solely for practical reasons of Turkey's larger and above all younger population, a needed workforce in a European population that is both rapidly decreasing as well as aging.

A perfect fit both culturally and spiritually? Hardly. A necessary one?? Absolutely.
Marek   
18 Jun 2008
Language / The Polish language - it's bloody hard! [210]

Serwus, Gab!

Twój odpowiedź jest podobny jak kiedy byłem przed kilkoma latami na urlopie w Niemczech, a pytałem starszy ludzie o Hitler. Nikt nie pamiętał, nikt wśród młodnych nie chciał wiedzieć o te czasy.

You are probably more typical of your generation than most contemporary Germans are of theirs. -:)
Marek   
17 Jun 2008
Language / The Polish language - it's bloody hard! [210]

'Witam, Marecki!'....

Nawzajem. LOL-:)

Wiem, że czasy gomułkowskie są chętnie zapomnione od wielu dzisiajszych Polaków, ale jednak ważny jest, mówić o tyck tematach, nie prawda?

Pozdrawiam!
Marek   
17 Jun 2008
History / What do Poles think about Turks? [761]

Iyi gunler!!-:) Hos geldiniz PF-forum'da.

Nice to have members of the Turkish contingent here among us to offset the questionable remarks of our fellow posters.
Marek   
17 Jun 2008
Language / The Polish language - it's bloody hard! [210]

GAB,

Kind of you to say so.-:) Well, I spent less than two days total in Poland, regrettably, was on my way from Berlin with a companion/friend from that city who spoke no Polish, so I was, oh, sort of her 'interpreter'. She was German, so probably the Poles would not have understood her English too easily. LOL

I originally studied Polish years ago for almost five years with a private tutor who grew up in Poland after the Second World War. I found it practical to know Slavic languages, since English is NOT the universal lingua franca when it comes to accuracy, most only think they speak it.

Dzięki.:) Pierwsza nauczycielka także podziwiała ludzie, którzy uczyli się tego języka. Ona mówiła raz, 'No, nigdy nie uczyłabym się języka polskiego, jeśli nie byłabym Polką. Za trudny jest!'

Ona jest urodzoną Warszawiaką a przeżyła czasu Gomułkiego w Niemczech, potem tu w Ameryce.
Marek   
16 Jun 2008
Language / The Polish language - it's bloody hard! [210]

Gab,

I'm a German speaker, it's true. My Polish, while fluent, is still subject to considerable error, more aspectual than idiomatic, as I rarely use idioms, except in German.

English I find useful in the Anglo-American orbit. Outside that realm, it tends to become slowly more and more unrecognizable. Why, I met a Pole who'd never heard of Mark Twain. Most Americans, at least on the surface, have at least a passing familiarity with Adam Mickiewicz. -:)
Marek   
16 Jun 2008
History / What do Poles think about Turks? [761]

Tack, detsamma till dig!-:)

Unfortunately, we must switch back to English now. I can see though that you and I appear to be on the same 'homepage' (hemsida, no not a literal translation)..

Look forward to continued pleasant chatting.
Marek   
16 Jun 2008
Language / The Polish language - it's bloody hard! [210]

Ślicznie podziękuję za miłe słowa, GAB! No, także jesteś tłumaczką tu w Nowym Jorku? Jestem tłumaczem i nauczycielem języków niemieckich i angielskich dla cudzoziemców.

Where inPoland are you from? Was only there once, in Sczcecin years ago, and found it lovely.

I agree with your experiences, by the way-:)

Pozdrawiam!
Marek   
15 Jun 2008
Language / The Polish language - it's bloody hard! [210]

Dziękuję, Krzysku!

'Szybkiego wyzdrowienia...' jest lepiej, zrozumiem, że pierwsza część zdania jest błąda.

As far as humility, I might correct your English in as far as your own paragraph also has a number of errors.-:)

Na zdrowie!
Marek   
15 Jun 2008
History / What do Poles think about Turks? [761]

Osiol:) I'd be much more concerned with both Sweden's as well as little Finland's treatment of its Saami (commonly known as 'Lapp') minority to the North than about the Karelian population in Western Russia! The Finns too have a most problematic history of their own, quite apart from how they fared under Swedish domination for several centuries. Their position during WWII vis-a-vis Germany, despite the heroic stance of Mannerheim against the Soviet invasion, remains a serious issue in their past. Like Norway, Finland didn't exactly stand up politically against Hitler.

Maxx, I have many Finnish acquaintances and all of them speak excellent Swedish. My Finnish is rudimentary at best, but I have basic survival skills. English might be a poor choice, save perhaps at a class hotel in the center of Halsingfors, oops, Helsinki.-:) LOL
Marek   
14 Jun 2008
History / What do Poles think about Turks? [761]

Hyvaa paivaa, Max!

Rather like Sweden's Vasa Empire overtaking Finland during it's colonial days.-:)
That was more than 'expansionism', that was imperialism, for which reasons you all know Swedish better than English.
Marek   
13 Jun 2008
History / What do Poles think about Turks? [761]

Bratwurst Boy,

think you then that the Turkeys in Europe come, as member nation (Mitgliedsstaat), I am meaning? Is this right?

Sorry for my 'false' English. -:) Please correct me my mistakes. (he-he!)