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Borek Falecki   
24 Mar 2015
Language / Consonant voicing and devoicing - Upodobnienia pod względem dźwięczności [3]

I was wondering if someone could explain this concept to me, as I don't fully understand what my textbook is telling me.

In phonology, devoicing or desonorization is a sound change where a voiced consonant becomes voiceless due to the influence of its phonological environment. Most commonly, the change is a result of sound assimilation with an adjacent sound of opposite voicing, but it can also occur word-finally.

Consonant voicing and devoicing
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consonant_voicing_and_devoicing

Utrata dźwięczności / ubezdźwięcznienie = devoicing / desonorization

upodobnienie martwe = diachronic or historical sound change

Assimilation (linguistics)
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assimilation_%28linguistics%29
Borek Falecki   
19 Mar 2015
History / Terrible past for the Jews in Poland? [825]

thats a part of the main idea that the Zionists believed in

The same source expresses also the opinion on the alleged plans for the Jewish domination of Poland:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judeopolonia is an antisemitic conspiracy theory positing future Jewish domination of Poland.
Borek Falecki   
19 Mar 2015
History / Terrible past for the Jews in Poland? [825]

Was [it] okay for the Zionists to discriminate against Poles in the employment of the working force... it's a simple yes or no answer

How someone seeking his/her homeland in Palestine had even time and energy to discriminate against Poles in Poland?
Borek Falecki   
19 Mar 2015
History / Terrible past for the Jews in Poland? [825]

Zionists

A Zionist is a Jewish nationalist that supports the 'reestablishment' of a Jewish homeland in the territory viewed as the historic Land of Israel.

Why then the

the laws should limit the behaviopur that teh Zionists carried out

?
Borek Falecki   
19 Mar 2015
History / Terrible past for the Jews in Poland? [825]

what I believe is that race laws should be respected, in the UK, for example, an employer like ASDA or Tesco is obliged by law to employ a % of Whites, Blacks, Asians, etc. for not to be considered racist.

Is the British society really divided by race or is it only your way of seeing it?
Borek Falecki   
19 Mar 2015
History / Terrible past for the Jews in Poland? [825]

look at the Jews for an example

Because you seem not to read my posts in English, at least the links attached to them, then read the same in Polish, but please read it carefully now:

"Naród żydowski został wymyślony"
palestyna.wordpress.com/2009/12/09/narod-zydowski-zostal-wymyslony

What do you think about all this?
Borek Falecki   
19 Mar 2015
History / Terrible past for the Jews in Poland? [825]

What is the organizing principle of a nation?

It can't be race, because France is "Celt, Iberian, German....The most noble countries, England, France and Italy, are the ones where the blood is most mixed." Language, by contrast, "invites us but does not force us, to unite". Countries which share the Spanish or English language don't merge with one another, while the people of Switzerland speak several languages. Modern nationhood also cannot be based on religion, which Renan observes, is currently practiced according to individual belief. "You can be French, English, German, yet Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, or practicing no religion". Mutuality of interests is fine for corporations and their affiliates, but nationality is based on sentiment. Geography merely leads us astray, and often to violence: "Mountains don't know how to carve out countries".

Don't you afraid that you are loosing your Polish identity and unwittingly are gaining a new one?
Borek Falecki   
19 Mar 2015
History / Terrible past for the Jews in Poland? [825]

What is a nation?

When the peasant became the Pole?

When and How Was the Jewish People Invented?

Those are the questions you should ask first.

Am I right?
Borek Falecki   
19 Mar 2015
History / Terrible past for the Jews in Poland? [825]

time to read up on History i think!

Qu'est-ce qu'une nation? by Ernest Renan

A nation is "a daily referendum" [...] nations are based as much on what the people jointly forget, as what they remember.
Borek Falecki   
18 Mar 2015
History / The Riga Peace Treaty [64]

Why Soviet monuments should be protected - an article from the Guardian

Red Army monuments are a reminder of the astounding Soviet sacrifice during the war. You find them not only in the ex-communist bloc but in western Europe too - Berlin and Vienna being most prominent. Those two cities even feature quotations from Stalin, which remain in place without harassment. The degree of the Soviet sacrifice seems to be appreciated there.

theguardian/world/2014/sep/29/soviet-ussr-monuments-should-be-protected

The Soviet army played a major role in saving this part of Europe from the realisation of Hitler's master plan in the east, which proposed the colonisation, enslavement and eventual extermination of the Slavic population.

For Russians as for any other nation to honor their veterans of wars is to honor not only heroes, but victims. Think of them as of very young people.

There is a 100 word limit when copying and pasting from internet sources.
Borek Falecki   
18 Mar 2015
History / Terrible past for the Jews in Poland? [825]

The Jews never considered themselves anything but a nation in exile until modern times.

The concept of nationhood and of modern nation originated just around the French Revulsion so nation in exile as you put it is inventing a people "retrospectively," out of a thirst to create a modern Jewish people.

As for Shlomo Sand being an idiot with an agenda.

"In the Israeli discourse about roots there is a degree of perversion. This is an ethnocentric, biological, genetic discourse. But Israel has no existence as a Jewish state: If Israel does not develop and become an open, multicultural society we will have a Kosovo in the Galilee."

The agenda seems to be then a noble one.

The French Revolution not the French Revulsion. Sorry.
Borek Falecki   
18 Mar 2015
History / Terrible past for the Jews in Poland? [825]

The Jewish gene is so deeply entrenched in Poles, it would not be the first time a little self loathing has been active amongst the Polish community. It would be interesting to find out the numbers of those born after 1960 in Poland without the Jewish gene.

Why people on this forum are so much fixed on that DNA. After all jewishness as any other nationhood is a historical construct and a very recent one.

From the book by prof Shlomo Sand: The Invention of the Jewish People:

At a certain stage in the 19th century, intellectuals of Jewish origin in Germany, influenced by the folk character of German nationalism, took upon themselves the task of inventing a people "retrospectively," out of a thirst to create a modern Jewish people. From historian Heinrich Graetz on, Jewish historians began to draw the history of Judaism as the history of a nation that had been a kingdom, became a wandering people and ultimately turned around and went back to its birthplace.

haaretz.com/general/shattering-a-national-mythology-1.242055
Borek Falecki   
16 Mar 2015
History / Origins of Polish Slavs [129]

Polska was , is and will be forever [...]. Our land was inhabited here by us even as long as 10000 years ago and yes DNA tests can prove it !!!!!!

Your Bible of DNA tests is available only to those who have the skill to read the hieroglyphs of mathematics. I prefer the language of normal people.
Borek Falecki   
16 Mar 2015
History / Origins of Polish Slavs [129]

Wincenty Witos, the leader of the Polish peasants and a prime minister during the interwar period, cautioned, "Poland fell as a state of nobility and rises as a peasant state, as such it can and must survive. Wotos' reminiscences of the reaction of the Polish peasantry to the rebirth of the Polish state are illustrative of the differing collective memories of the peasants of pre-partition Poland. He recalls that "the majority of peasants were very concerned, fearing once the Polish state was restored, back would come serfdom and total enslavement to the nobles.

When the peasant became the Pole?
historia.newsweek.pl/kiedy-chlop-stal-sie-polakiem-tomasz-kizwalter-newsweek-pl,artykuly,281641,1.html
Borek Falecki   
11 Mar 2015
Language / Polish Language Exchange Thread [130]

Zatem potrzebujesz

Zatem is too bookish for that context.

Zatem = therefore (cognate of the German dafür)

be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves
Borek Falecki   
11 Mar 2015
History / Terrible past for the Jews in Poland? [825]

If Poland was hospitable to Jews in certain periods it was thanks to the kings. Peasants had no say in the matter, townspeople were hostile to Jews as a competing element, local noblemen were usually against the Jews (especially when they owed them money) and the Catholic clergy were openly anti-Jewish.

Genealogy of one of the best known Polish Jewish families: all...my ancestors and kinsfolk over three hundred years in Poland who actively participated in Polish life: the wise doctor from the Czech Brandeis family (now Brandys) who performed the duties of physician at the court of King Władysław IV Vasa and gave the beginning for more than one native Polish family of the nobility; the captain and doctor in Tadeusz Kościuszko's insurrectionary army; the member of the National Government during the January Uprising; and...three uncles in the Polish legions.

Today, it is 15th anniversary of the death of the Polish essayist and writer Kazimierz Brandys; it is worth mentioning today.
Borek Falecki   
10 Mar 2015
History / What Hitler really thought about Poles? Hitler's letter to Himmler 1944 [111]

HITLER'S TABLE TALK, 1941-1944
His Private Conversations

Of all the Slavs, the Czech is the most dangerous, because he's a worker. ... Now they'll work, for they know we're pitiless and brutal. ... the Czechs are a foreign body in the midst of the German community. There's no room both for them and for us. One of us must give way. As regards the Pole, it's lucky for us that he's idle, stupid and vain.
Borek Falecki   
5 Mar 2015
UK, Ireland / Why English do not like Polish? [417]

hiya
just a quick question I though I ask here on forum as it seems like lots of Englsh people posting. So why English people doesn't like Polish - especially Polish emigrants in the UK. Kinda weird as I didn't observe this with reference to other immigrants in the UK, I'd rather prefer to avoid word hate but maybe it should be used here.

If you are right then ignoring of what you do not like in the English and even pretending not to understand them is the best recourse.
Borek Falecki   
5 Mar 2015
Language / How to learn the pronunciation of the Polish language? [16]

I can make the different sounds quickly

What is lacking in your case is more exercises - try to repeat after a model of pronunciation and follow your not too perfect but good enouth intuition.

I propose google translate as a model for you: translate.google.com/#pl/en/bezprzewodowa
Borek Falecki   
4 Mar 2015
Love / Sexual diseases! Please tell me how I go about getting tested in Poland? [103]

I am working long term in Poland and I have had a few casual Polish girlfriends.

If you would have my advice, I will give it to you in short: the number of iatrogenic diseases is exceeding the natural ones. To the wise the hint should be sufficient.
Borek Falecki   
5 Feb 2015
Language / "Do you drink vodka?" (generally, not NOW) equals "pijesz wódke?" in Polish? [8]

they are nothing to do with what you were talking about which was simple and progressive

I just wanted to say that are you drinking vodka?, which is question in progressive aspect and do you drink vodka? in simple aspect are innovative in the English itself (only in its modern version as examples show) and peculiar among European languages.

The differentiation between simple and progressive aspects dates back to early modern English since examples given are from the late sixteenth, early seventeenth centuries.
Borek Falecki   
5 Feb 2015
Language / "Do you drink vodka?" (generally, not NOW) equals "pijesz wódke?" in Polish? [8]

are you drinking vodka? (now)
do you drink vodka? (generally)

Those are differences of aspect in Modern English. Some time ago the English language was like other European languages in this respect.

For example:

Whither goest thou? Merchant of Venice
Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. The King James Bible

So Czy pijesz wódkę? do not differentiate present and simple aspect of the Modern English.

Czy pijasz wódkę is so-called frequentative, so it translates to Do you drink vodka from time to time?

If you want to propose somebody to drink vodka, then simply ask Czy napijesz się wódki?

present and simple aspect of the Modern English

Sorry, I meant progressive and simple aspects.