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From: Gliwice, PL
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Ryszard   
15 Jun 2011
Language / Polish and other West Slavonic languages and "pozor vlak" :) [48]

you think you understand certain words (written the same)...but they mean something different.
Polish also has such examples. Maybe somebody could enlighten me :)

Yes, I think Polish-Czech examples are most legendary, like

divka (cz) - girl
dziwka (pl) - whore

laska (cz) - love
laska (pl) - (slang) hot babe... or blowjob

maj (pl) - may
kwiecień (pl) - april
kveten (cz) - may

...and probably many others which I can't remember now :)
Ryszard   
29 Sep 2009
Polonia / POLES vs BULGARIANS [160]

rychlik, maybe your Bulgarian roommate is die-hard volleyball fan? That would explain a lot ;)
Ryszard   
10 Apr 2009
Language / Polite forms in Polish vs English [49]

Second - In polish language we use polite questions too: "could you give me that?"

Not only it can be, in fact it is. Talking directly and "impolite" is an privilege and sign of intimacy - at many differrent levels. Even more, sudden comeback to very polite level can be found offensive or even declaration of cold war. It's hard to explain, I think it's like with japanese men bowing - they always know precisely what deepness and angle is correct, but for foreigners it's unsolvable riddle :)

Anyway, if your polish BF/GF starts talk to you more and more directly, don't be afraid as it's (most probably) good sign of your developing relationship :)
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5 Mar 2009
History / Polish-German alliance. [489]

Not necessary...the main problem still stands: The communist danger from stalinist Russia!

Danger indeed... but wait a moment. Germany didn't even have a border with Soviet Union. So where was the danger? And for who?

War was unavoidable sooner or later. Hitler decided to attack as he had the advantage...

Yes, and because Soviet Union was danger, Hitler decided to attack... Poland.
Right after signing a secret alliance pact with his greatest danger and foe. Flawless logic :)
Ryszard   
4 Mar 2009
History / Polish-German alliance. [489]

It was great opportunity to defeat Soviet Union and restore Russian monarchy. Of course territorially smaller, without Central Asia, Caucasus, Baltic states and perhaps even eastern Ukraine. However Hitler was too deluded to think rationally. If someone else would run Germany...

...then he wouldn't begin II WW first. I call it loop of madness :)

As for Polish-German alliance: it would be possible, if only Hitler refrained from any territorial claims. As we all know that wasn't the case, so the alliance wasn't possible - only kind of vassalizing Poland at best.
Ryszard   
17 Feb 2009
News / Is NORD STREAM dangerous for Poland's natural enviroment? [292]

Yes, Richard, look at post 163 above

That's funny, because from the links you've provided, about the quota of current shortage I could find only this:

Poland has been receiving only 76% of the contracted gas from Russia since Jan 26, when deliveries under a deal with Ukrainian gas intermediary RosUkrEnergo stopped entirely

Ryszard   
16 Feb 2009
News / Is NORD STREAM dangerous for Poland's natural enviroment? [292]

I'm not an expert but I'm aware that we live in XXI century. This is absolutely possible to localize and avoid dangerous areas.

The point is such localization hasn't been done yet, and doing them was not included in Nord Stream project. That's why Sweden is opposing it... and you can believe them as they really doesn't have any other business than ecology here.

Incredible amount of stupidity would be needed to put a pipe directly on some barrel of poison!

Just try to imagine yourself how Baltic ground looks like... yuck.
It's not an easy job to do. And it must cost money. Lots of them.
And the investors would have to pay them.
Incredible amount of stupidity? No, just good old greed.
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15 Feb 2009
News / Is NORD STREAM dangerous for Poland's natural enviroment? [292]

RosUKREnergo is also 50% owned by Naftogas which is Ukrainian state owned company. This is classical deadlock.

Uhm. Just one question - how this, classically deadlocked company, somehow managed to sell gas earlier to Ukraine and Poland, and now - suddenly - they can't do this anymore. Heck, how this company ever worked, if there was exact 50% of shares and influence - from one side 50% of Gazprom (one of the biggest companies in the world) and second 50% of... two Ukrainian private businesmen.

I bet those two Ukrainians are pulling the strings now, yeah, that's for sure! *smirk*

And, I wonder if this newspaper is mouthpiece of PiS, too?

So, where is 24% of our contracted gas, Mr. Putin?
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14 Feb 2009
News / Is NORD STREAM dangerous for Poland's natural enviroment? [292]

Why do you like so much to compare some bygone superpowers with the actual state of affairs?

Because it's right into bullseye example. It hurts, doesn't it? :)

Actually, in terms of guarantees there can't be less trustworthy partner than Russia. Not after what we've experienced in this winter. And we're still experiencing now: where is our 24% of contracted gas we should receive? No, don't answer - let me guess: it's Ukraine stealing it, of course...
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14 Feb 2009
News / Is NORD STREAM dangerous for Poland's natural enviroment? [292]

Russia won't ever do anything bad to Germany, since she will be afraid of being cut from delivery of exceptional and exquisite German goods

https://polishforums.com/news/poland-nord-stream-dangerous-natural-23482/3/#msg602742

(just in case... and for those who wouldn't notice irony, even if they bump right into it)

If two countries get along well why should they do anything bad towards each other?!

No, really?? Let me see... if I remember correctly, at the end of 1939 Germany and USSR were getting along more than perfectly. As we know two years later, this perfect and everlasting friendship entered new, I'd say - very intense - stage.
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13 Feb 2009
News / Is NORD STREAM dangerous for Poland's natural enviroment? [292]

Germans apparently lack the imagination and agree to make themselves dependent on a partner thats so unstable.

Come on, Sokrates - Russia won't ever do anything bad to Germany, since she will be afraid of being cut from delivery of exceptional and exquisite German goods. Don't tell me you didn't realize that?!?

And cheers for your goverment Marco :)
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12 Feb 2009
News / Is NORD STREAM dangerous for Poland's natural enviroment? [292]

this is needed since the conflicts between eastern european countries

Could you name exactly what kind of conflict restrains Gazprom from sending 24% of contracted gas to Poland now?

but a gas-pipe - catastrophy! ,:-) LOL !

Yes, catastrophy to the natural enviroment. In the depths of Baltic there are tons of chemical weapons from both World Wars. It's ecological time bomb, which should be someday disarmed. But building Nord Stream is not the way to do this, in fact it's quite the opposite.

is it only me who think its strange that suddenly now Poles, latvians, Estonians and Ukriainians seem to care so much about enviremental issues ???!! ,:-)

How about Sweden, are they disallowed to care about enviroment too?

PS: I LOVE Poles! I just cant listen to those easterneuropean conflicts which are so without logic, without saying anything...

Then start to listen carefully instead dwelling in ignorance.
Ryszard   
11 Feb 2009
News / Is NORD STREAM dangerous for Poland's natural enviroment? [292]

This 24% shortage is only mere prelude for what will happen, if the Ribbentrop-Molotov pipe opens.
In the meantime what EU is doing? NOTHING.
I guess, we'll have to take our part from German one - then the case will suddenly become the one of the highest importance. Of course, with Poland as guilty of all the mess.
Ryszard   
7 Jan 2009
News / Is NORD STREAM dangerous for Poland's natural enviroment? [292]

Why don't they buy those instead???

And you think they don't buy them now?
If push comes to shovel all they'll have to do is to buy them even more. Instead all that "assembled in germany" (but made in china, though) thingies :)

Now, be a good pet and get back to your training. You don't want to dissapoint your russian masters, do you?
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7 Jan 2009
News / Is NORD STREAM dangerous for Poland's natural enviroment? [292]

Maybe we should then just cut off our negotiated delivery of german goods? :)

Don't worry, they will always get tons of better ones - from Japan, UK, USA or even China :) But with bratwurst could be a problem... or not? Maybe Austrian would help... bratwurst from Austria, hmm...
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7 Jan 2009
News / Is NORD STREAM dangerous for Poland's natural enviroment? [292]

He didn't had anything to admit Rys...it was announced before that Russia would do it as it is their right.
You can't really expect an unpaid free ride for Ukraine, don't you?

Frankly, I don't give a damn if Ukraine really paid or not - because if Russia wanted to play fair with their EU partners then she would not shut the pipe off, at the very least not so quickly and decisive.

It is obvious that sooner or later Russia and Ukraine are fated to sign new contract - until then, EU being warned could brace yourself for the troubles.

Ah, and they could ask for EU observers before shutting down the pipe to confirm that - as they claim - Ukraine is really stealing the gas. They didn't do it. Why? The answer is obvious... because EU observers would notice that with Ukraine transit everything is fine...

Remind me again...who is not paying???

Remind me again... who is claiming that Ukraine did not pay?
The same liars from Gazprom, who whole day were claiming that they didn't shut the pipe today until Putin finally said that "yes, they did"?

Oh and Germany is Russias biggest trading partner in Europe..we make serious good business quite well, thank you!

Till some day, when the leash will be short and strong enough - and then Putin will say: sit! And the german doggies will obey...
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7 Jan 2009
News / Is NORD STREAM dangerous for Poland's natural enviroment? [292]

Putin admitted that it was Russia who completely shut down the ukraine pipe.
So...any comments? from his faithful German lackeys, perhaps?
Do they still dream that when they build their uber baltic pipe, it would protect them from anything?
Or maybe they've finally opened their eyes, and draw the only one logical conclusion: Russia is not trustworthy partner for any serious business
Because if Russians shut down the pipe like this today, they can - and will - do it tommmorow. Anytime, anyplace, if only they find it advantageous for their imperialistic politics.
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6 Jan 2009
News / Is NORD STREAM dangerous for Poland's natural enviroment? [292]

Leaving aside the quotes from the german Putin's claqueurs...

cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/01/05/ukraine.russia.gas.explainer/index.html

Gazprom claimed Ukraine's gas company -- Naftogaz Ukrainy -- owed it more than $2 billion in missed payments and fines. However, Naftogaz says it has paid the bill and Gazprom is trying to force it to accept a new price for gas which it cannot afford.

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6 Jan 2009
News / Is NORD STREAM dangerous for Poland's natural enviroment? [292]

Maybe in your world...in the rest of the world not paying for a product is called THEFT!

Because what? Because Gazputin said that? Don't make me laugh.
In Poland, we used to say: "jest prawda, półprawda i gówno prawda" (there is truth, half-truth, and bulls**t truth). We used to, because nowadays we are saying "jest prawda, półprawda i gazprom prawda"

There is Nabucco, there is South Stream, there will be Nord Stream - the more diversity the less dependancy on one pipeline only the better!

You can have thousand of streams, but there won't be real diversity if they all will be pumping gas from the very some place: mother Russia. That's why nord stream is such an absurd, only Nabucco would give real diversity.

But Germany has no common border with Russia...and what happens if you are dependent on a transfer country you can observe right now!

What you can observe now is what happens when you depend only on russian gas...
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6 Jan 2009
News / Is NORD STREAM dangerous for Poland's natural enviroment? [292]

Hi, BB, ignorant as usual I see.
Quote from wikipedia, just for you:

The Nabucco pipeline is a planned natural gas pipeline that will transport natural gas from Turkey to Austria, via Bulgaria, Romania, and Hungary

Whoops. No Ukraine there.
Not if that anything changes anyway, as this mess is mr. Gasputin imperialistic politics fault, Ukraine is mere victim of it. As half of Europe now too.
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25 Jan 2008
Language / Spelling "aunt" in Polish [133]

Ciotka (ciocia) and wujek

There is also obsolete (more or less, depending the region of Poland) forms: stryj and stryjenka. BUT these are not equal to wujek/ciocia.
Wujek is our parent brother, while stryj is our parent sister's husband.
Ciotka is our parent sister, while stryjenka is our parent brother's wife.

In other words: stryj is ciotka's husband, while stryjenka is wujek's wife.
Ryszard   
15 Aug 2007
Law / Tax in Poland? [57]

Before I begin, some vocabulary:
netto - net income
brutto - gross income... or at least it should be. But it's not, because in fact your employer is forced (by the law) to pay part of employee insurances from his pocket. But from employer point of view it really doesn't matter what employee is doing with his money (or is being forced what to do with them) all he knows is how much this employee cost him.

So brutto as term of polish wage in fact means only some mystical amount of money written on the contract. Don't ask me why is that. It could have sense, if all the insurances were payed automatically by the employee - then the brutto would mean the amount of money being base for income taxation. But it's not the case - there are still another insurances money deducted from your brutto payment before they are finally taxed.

Enough talk, time for example:

Let's say you've signed contract for 6000PLZ/mth (72000PLZ/year) brutto.
As I said before, in fact this is "so called gross income" because your employer will pay you c.a 7236PLZ/mth (86839PLZ/year)

So, let's look at the year balance:

You've earned (your employer payed you) 86839

ZUS (social insurance) - 26474

NFZ (health insurance) - 5121

FP/FGŚP (work insurance) - 1836

INCOME TAX withholdings - 7920

- you've been payed 45487

That's not all. At the end of the year we still have to do tax paperwork... and if we are not entitled to any tax reliefs (there are some, but don't count too much for them) then we have

Total incomings: 45487+7920(inc tax witholdings)=53407
Total tax = (look at slawekk post) 6504+4907=11411
You have to additionaly pay 11141-7920=3491 (yup, this is about your 1 monthly salary, so better be prepared....)

Your final year net income is 42266.
Let me remaind you - you've earned 86839. But you've got only 48,6% of this sum, so you've been 51.4% taxed.
And this is still the begining, because when you live, when you buy whatever you're still paying another taxes (like 22% VAT). Welcome in Poland.