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Posts by Polsyr  

Joined: 19 Sep 2011 / Male ♂
Last Post: 12 Dec 2015
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From: Warsaw, Poland
Speaks Polish?: Yes
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Polsyr   
17 Aug 2015
News / Polish-foreigner marriages increasing [48]

And that is NOT including marriages that took place outside Poland, which are several times more than marriages in Poland (as mentioned in the same article).
Polsyr   
13 Aug 2015
Life / Fitting balanced flue Gas Central heating boiler in Poland [32]

2016?

Yup 2016...

@Delph; this guy is the same guy that comes every year, so I know him, but I am familiar with the fake ones also :) Amazing how people will jump on any opportunity to scam others...

@Dolnoslask; if you have any questions related to pumps, solar-thermal, adsorption cooling, centrifugal separators, intake screens... don't be shy.
Polsyr   
13 Aug 2015
News / Poland in ruin or flourishing? [35]

Anyone can present plenty of examples to support either theory. But anyone saying the "average" standard of living hasn't improved is either lying or disconnected from reality. EU investments in particular are doing wonders for Poland.
Polsyr   
12 Aug 2015
Law / Tunisian man got married with a Polish girl. How to get a temporary residence in Poland? [29]

French governments have made it a specialty to ignore EU rules and implement laws for political reasons

If that is the case (I don't follow French politics in detail) then it is not unique to French governments - many EU governments are guilty of the same thing, including the one right here and the one across the pond as well.
Polsyr   
11 Aug 2015
Life / Fitting balanced flue Gas Central heating boiler in Poland [32]

you can unbox anything

Yeah it is not annoying at all when you wanna buy something and every single box of the same thing has been torn apart :) It is like people are not satisfied by checking the item from an already open box, they have to open a new box, examine it, probably damage it, then proceed to take a closed box (if they buy in the first place). Let me know what you find. I was at Leroy yesterday looking for a fan actually since one of mine burned out. I did not notice anything balanced physically in the store.
Polsyr   
11 Aug 2015
Life / Fitting balanced flue Gas Central heating boiler in Poland [32]

From what I have seen, nobody wants to look at balanced flue in Poland. It is mostly forced (newer) or natural draft (older). I can't tell you whether it is a matter of code or local trade tradition. Recently a client asked me about heat recovery units for an old natural draft boiler for the purpose of preheating combustion air - I have no idea how to balance such a system. I raised a white flag. Sorry couldn't offer more useful feedback.
Polsyr   
11 Aug 2015
News / Poland loses bid to built Jaguars and Land Rovers [23]

they are selling their cars in the Eurozone

I believe their largest market is the US, followed by the GCC then UK then the rest of Europe. It used to be that way, but I am not sure how it looks now.
Polsyr   
11 Aug 2015
Classifieds / Private English Lessons by Experienced Professional Teacher in Poland (Warsaw) [107]

companies growing and expanding their business and interactions throughout Europe and beyond

In theory you are right. But, you would be surprised at the attitude I experienced with some Polish companies that have an "export agenda". They expect to do next to no effort (not even providing foreign language education to their employees or even translating marketing material) to export themselves, then blame the government or competition from EU or even China when they fail to secure export orders. Some hire an "export manager" that already speaks a foreign language (most commonly Russian, English, or German, and demand is picking up for Arabic and Persian) but they often make no genuine effort to verify how well the new hire speaks that language. I know, for example, that some of the "Arabic speakers" can't even pronounce all 28 letters of Arabic so "sea" becomes "astonish", "container" becomes "screw", "goods" becomes "rudeness" and "freight" becomes "pluck". So instead of saying "shipping the goods in a seaworthy container by sea freight", they say "shipping the rudeness in an astonish worthy screw by astonishpluck." I would understand what they are trying to say because I live here and I know how people here talk, but there is a good chance that a potential customer might not only fail to understand but even become offended.

the Ukraine

Always wondered about that, and always been too lazy or too busy to research it. Why "the Ukraine"? Maybe better answer me in off topic thread to keep this thread on topic.
Polsyr   
11 Aug 2015
Food / Russia vs Poland Vodka war [70]

Charcoal filtering removes the rough edges found in cheaper vodkas.

And adds cost, therefore cheaper vodkas skip this step. Looking forward to the next excuse to drink :)
Polsyr   
11 Aug 2015
Food / Russia vs Poland Vodka war [70]

vodka

What is the difference between vodka and neutral spirit other than concentration? Both start off exactly the same, and one is distilled further to achieve a higher alcohol concentration. Am I missing any part of the equation?

Personally, I love and appreciate Polish potato vodka (eg. Luksusowa). I don't mind grain vodkas, but simply prefer the potato based ones.
Polsyr   
11 Aug 2015
Classifieds / Private English Lessons by Experienced Professional Teacher in Poland (Warsaw) [107]

@ProfTeacher; I agree with you regarding the "native speaker" in terms of learning the language.

One fact worth mentioning is that a large portion of call center business in the US is outsourced to India these days - and while the quality varies greatly, you can bet that nobody in these calls centers is a "native speaker" of American English (which they are required to use at work) and almost none of the people that taught them how to talk are "native speakers" of American English either. I use the term American English loosely.

Similar and more relevant to Poland; many large corporations have their English support call centers in Poland these days (and this trend is on the rise). In addition to cost, there are effective systems in place to train people how to speak as desired by the employer, and you can absolutely bet that not all the teachers are "native speakers".

Now on the subject of learning culture, that is a different issue. Native or not, I don't think anyone can truly "teach" culture. If someone wants to "learn" a specific culture - I prefer to say experience - then they just have to pack up and go there. Culture and language tend to be strongly connected, and while a non-native may very well be able to teach the language part extremely well, a native usually has the advantage that (with proper education, training and teaching talent) she/he can also teach the culturally and geographically correct use of the language, while a non-native may or may not be able to do that, depending on their experience and talent (notice I am not saying all "natives" can, also not saying all non-natives cannot).

For example, the Egyptian Arabic word that means "small & adorable" (like maleństwo in Polish) means "bastard" in the worst possible way in Syrian Arabic and means "weaving loom" in Iraqi Arabic. The average non-native is not likely to know that unless they lived with natives for a long time.

There is a whole science about this subject, and there are some highly respected consultants and researchers that work specifically to help governments (for example) train agents on understanding the culturally and geographically correct use of the language in addition to the language itself. And most of these consultants are not native by the way.

Another thing I would like to add; some "non-natives" communicate far more effectively than "natives" especially with a multicultural audience due to their better understanding of how communications are perceived by the wider audience.
Polsyr   
9 Aug 2015
Law / Tunisian man got married with a Polish girl. How to get a temporary residence in Poland? [29]

fathers of French citizens

@ InPolska; I don't know how it is in France, but in Poland, like I said before, the definition includes married spouse and minor/dependant children only (also minor/dependant children of the foreign spouse). Father or mother does not count per Polish law concerning foreigners.

Exceptions may be made in the cases where the child is a minor and/or a dependant and there is no other parent to take care of the child (for example in case of death of the other parent). I am familiar with one such case. I don't know the exact mechanism though.

Going back to my original statement, if visa of the spouse of EU citizen is declined it is almost always one of the two reasons I mentioned (marriage not registered in country of the EU citizen or marriage deemed a marriage of convenience intended just to get a visa). I am only talking about the married spouses and not about people in civil partnerships (the law on them is inconsistent across the EU).

I did not say anything in this thread about residence permit for a person already in the EU.

In Poland, residing illegally alone is not grounds for rejection per the law. There has to be another strong reason on top of that. And like Delph said, sometimes Poland issues permits for tolerated stay to such individuals, in particular if their stay was illegal prior to them becoming spouses of Polish citizens. From a practical standpoint, the biggest difference is that while the spouse of a Polish citizen residing in Poland on the basis on a residence permit (issued based on the marriage) may apply for permanent residence after only 2 years, those that reside on the basis of permit for tolerated stay must wait 10 years before they can apply. Don't quote me on this though, I could be wrong about the 10 years for holders of permits for tolerated stay. I don't know anything about the law in France concerning foreigners so I can't comment about what goes on in France. However, all EU countries are bound by EU laws protecting families in that sense.

UK law has a minimum income expectation

This is also correct and I forgot to mention it. Like I said before, the poster is not telling us the reason for rejection for a reason. They want us to tell them what they want to hear.
Polsyr   
9 Aug 2015
Classifieds / Private English Lessons by Experienced Professional Teacher in Poland (Warsaw) [107]

someone who's been teaching full time in Warsaw for years and who is considered a great teacher, always has work (and often more than what they can handle).

I agree with this statement. The best language teachers seem to be in high demand all the time.

But I disagree with the generalization that you have to be a "native speaker" of a language to teach it properly. For example, the best Arabic language teacher I met in Warsaw is a Pole, not an Arab. She was born and raised in Warsaw and learned Arabic as an adult (in several Arabic-speaking countries from native speakers). I don't know how familiar you are with Arabic, but it is significantly harder than English to learn as a second language. It takes talent, patience and instinct to be a good teacher - not just proper pronunciation. This teacher could comfortably teach a student not less than 9 Arabic regional dialects in addition to formal Arabic.
Polsyr   
9 Aug 2015
Law / Tunisian man got married with a Polish girl. How to get a temporary residence in Poland? [29]

You'll still need to proof connection with your own country - you should own an apartment there, have a good job - as an assurance that you would come back to your home after.

Not entirely correct... Family members of Polish citizens as defined by the relevant law (including only married spouse and minor children) are exempted from this requirement because by EU law every EU citizen has the right to live with their family in the EU.

Usually internet posters don't disclose the stated reason for rejection for a reason... They are hoping people will tell them what they want to hear.

The UK gov states very clearly in simple English why EEA family visa application has been rejected. They will provide a letter signed by the officer that conducted the interview saying something like "you have failed to satisfy me that you didn't enter in marriage specifically to circumvent the regulations concerning the entry and residence of foreigners in the UK" for example.

My guess is exactly the example I used above - that they are not convinced the marriage was not conducted specifically to circumvent visa/residence regulations. I assume the poster got married less than 6 months ago. In this case, if the marriage lasts until May 2016 and they actually have a genuine marital life until that date, then I believe the appeal will work. Otherwise no.

People that say their visa applications (not talking about UK EEA family permits but type C or D visas from Poland) are rejected even though they are married to a Polish citizen tend to fall in one of two categories:

1. They have not completed the formalities of marriage registration in Poland. Sometimes this is because they have marriage documents not recognized by Poland all together, including but not limited to same sex marriage, multiple spouses, or (most commonly) marriage conducted by a religious authority not recognized by the government in the country in which the marriage was conducted - this third one is a frequent problem with marriages conducted in North Africa and Middle East.

2. They got married recently (under 6 months), which makes it easy for the authority looking at visa application to say the marriage was conducted specifically to circumvent visa/residence regulations.
Polsyr   
7 Aug 2015
Work / Information about jobs for Indian students in Poland [286]

Other countries demand sufficient funds, why doesn't Poland?

Even Poland demands. What you see here is mostly trolling, where people from specific areas are deliberately portrayed as incompetent parasites looking exclusively for an EU entry.
Polsyr   
6 Aug 2015
News / Are Poland's politicians able to speak foreign languages? [29]

I personally saw President Komorowski speaking to Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark, last year, without an interpreter - so unless Prince Frederik speaks Polish (which I doubt) then President Komorowski can at least communicate in English (or Danish???)

And, how do we know whether President Duda speaks English or not? Maybe he chooses not to speak English for political reasons? Maybe his voters won't appreciate him speaking publicly in English?
Polsyr   
5 Aug 2015
News / Coal-Powered Poland Refuses to "Go Green". EU Ain't Happy. [304]

"Polish coal sector suffers PLN 1.45bn loss in H1"
Poland's hard coal sector generated a loss of PLN 1.45 billion in H1 2015, almost the double of the PLN 772 million loss it inflected a year earlier, Katowice branch of industrial restructuring agency ARP data show.

Production volume edged down by 850,000 tons to 34.3 million tons. Production volume declined for steam coal, but increased for coking coal. Sales volumes increased 8.9% to 35.6 million tons.

warsaw.voice.

Yet PiS want to dump more money in this financial and environmental blackhole!
Polsyr   
5 Aug 2015
History / Terrible past for the Jews in Poland? [626]

shining life of Leopold "Poldek" Socha

I have seen the movie "W ciemności" about him, but as far as movie goes, he was from Lwów not £ódź.
Polsyr   
4 Aug 2015
Life / IVF Clinics and Women in Poland? [20]

thenews.pl/1/9/Artykul/215954,ProIVF-politicians-not-to-be-excommunicated

"Pro-IVF politicians not to be excommunicated"

I guess we can all sleep at night now.
Polsyr   
4 Aug 2015
Travel / About international driving license - is it recognizable in Poland? [18]

Yes. Not every official you may potentially face in Poland is necessarily aware of, or ready to acknowledge the rules.
Bureaucracy, corruption and languages can all be problematic. I never experienced such problems myself but I heard stories.
Polsyr   
4 Aug 2015
Off-Topic / What are some of the hardier and more care-free breeds of dogs? [12]

My experience is modest in that sense. I adopted two dogs from the SPCA in Canada in 1999 and again in 2000. The first one was a neglected dog, the other one was a pup born in the shelter. The SPCA staff were very honest and thorough in telling me the history of both dogs.

We are not in Canada here, granted. But other than word of mouth of dog shelter staff, what do you have to go by?
The worst thing you can do to all dogs is BUY a dog from a breeder. They have a very strong motive to lie, which is money.