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Last Post: 1 Jun 2013
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iwona   
1 Jun 2013
UK, Ireland / I think Poles in the UK are COOL PEOPLE [17]

...Well, things may be not as good as they used to, but Britain is still better place to live in than Poland :):....

27 and 33 - it is not so far from each other. Especially comparing strong imperial colonial ( for years) country and country which was drained and squeezed by Russia for years....

It looks that in a few years this ranking can look quite different.
iwona   
19 Jul 2012
Life / What's wrong with Poland? I don't see anything. [120]

If you saw the house I live in now and told me that your 50 sq. meter flat in Krakow is more expensive, you would not have anything to brag about, unless spending more for less has suddenly become "stylish".

I don't live in Poland.

No comment. You sound like kid ...o my toy is more expensive than yours!!!!

And as you seem to compare SUPERIORITY of USA to poverty of Poland I do exactly the same.

Firstly it is idiotic comparing sizes of properties in Europe and USA. Clearly as Europe is smaller properties are in general smaller and more expensive.

But built of proper bricks and lasts for years contrary tu USA.
iwona   
19 Jul 2012
Life / What's wrong with Poland? I don't see anything. [120]

uhhmm....why would someone be jealous that others pay much more for something?

Why pay more? Some people have got properties for years and they have high value now.

So they can sell it buy smaller one have some savings left. In America they are cheap- what about all these boarded houses in Detroit I think?

I know someone in USA and value of their house in relatively good area is the same as small flat in Krakow. So by comparison how they can come to Poland now and patronise people who have in total higher assets?
iwona   
19 Jul 2012
UK, Ireland / And you wonder why there is Anti-Polish feeling in the UK [187]

if you want to be professional compare amount to crimes to amount of emigrants of different naionalities. I don't think that Polish will be so high.

Otherwise it is lots of rubbish.

I read lately quite a few articles about random attacks at Polish -just someone was spekaing in polish on the phone, or 29 year old man was killed by British hooliogans and police said that 'he was in the wrong place at the wrong time'- so it looks that maybe some 'locals' have attitude problems.
iwona   
18 Jul 2012
Life / What's wrong with Poland? I don't see anything. [120]

I agree with you. However, our north American friends refuse to do any of such work. I guess they must really hate Poland.

I think it is some jealousy. When they visited grey,rather poor Poland 20-30 years ago they felt on the top with (very often) patronising manners.I ma sure it was good feeling.

Today ?- It is different matter.

Even property prices......Except top ones in new York,Chicago.... they are so cheap that if they sell it will not be much to buy in Poland.....
iwona   
17 Jul 2012
Life / What's wrong with Poland? I don't see anything. [120]

>>> i am simply not afraid to call a spade a spade on here and people get their a$$ hurt over things they KNOW is true about Poland but refuse to admit..>>>

To be honest not everyone. Positive ctiricism is welcomed from someone whois observant , have lived for a while in Poland ... .

On the other hand I met some narrow-minded,ignorant people in UK who have lots opinions never even being in Poland. This irritates me

>>>i've always said that poles live very isolated lives and this is a big reason why. going from poland to my country is like leaving and going to another planet which is why i see things way way way differently than the average pole.>>>

What do you mean by it? Isolated was maybe at the times of Iron curtain but now??????
iwona   
17 Jul 2012
Food / Where to buy British mature Cheddar Cheese and salted butter in Poland? [289]

>>>foods have their fans but most outsiders consider them horrible>>>>

very true:-)

Ha,ha, milk that has gone off- kefir I guess.

I suppose I am lucky as there are so many shops with polish food in Uk now....

I know real gravy is ok, but some people use packet one on top of nearly everything...
iwona   
16 Jul 2012
Food / Where to buy British mature Cheddar Cheese and salted butter in Poland? [289]

I live in England and it makes me smile as you miss things which I don't like and never buy here.:-)

Salty butter- What is the purpose for it....? No sandwich with anything sweet like honey, jam...but I like proper English,unsalted butter.
cheddar- my least favourite cheese...but again I love Welsh goat cheese.

And things like gravy- all this powder/granulated stuff put on the food to kill its natural flavour....
iwona   
9 Jul 2012
UK, Ireland / Crying Polish truck driver on British roads is Internet hit [269]

Bloke broke the law - everyone agrees but.....

was it really needed to bring so many policemen to stop one (1) polish lory driver?

It reminds me series of old polish jokes like 'How many policemen you need to put light bulb on'.:-)
iwona   
18 Feb 2007
Life / Do you think that Polish people are rude? [951]

They don't understand that the Poles are being sincere. They are genuinely saying something not being sarcastic.

Try it youself with the szesc-siedem-osiem -- you're using the "roof of your mouth" to form the words which is quite common in Slavonic lanuages. This is uncommom for "mouth shape" naturalized english speakers.


Maybe, but I didn't have much problem with it. Probbaly I am in general bit sarcastic:)
iwona   
18 Feb 2007
Life / Do you think that Polish people are rude? [951]

English people in London just think that Poles with otherwise perfect English are being sarcastic so in turn they are frosty in return so Polish people think that English people are being unfriendly

But English people are masters at good sarcasm. Why would they be offended by Polish being sarcastic?
iwona   
18 Feb 2007
Life / Do you think that Polish people are rude? [951]

the thing to make me angry most is the use of signs for poles who doesn't speak english,

Polish didn't ask for it.
Labour over-employed councils have to justify their useless existence.

Who gives a F--K......I mean... its not as if its important is it???
it does because this forum is about polish not about your stupid mumbling.
iwona   
15 Feb 2007
Life / Poland's Environment, recycling [79]

I think that Poland is slowly catching up.

I don't mind all these bins in UK at least rubbish is segregated and recycled.

One good thing in Poland is that in shops we have to pay for single plastic bags so more people have their longer "lasting ones". In Uk they give you free bags everywhere I guess that it is for advert-promotion purposes but environmently friendly?......
iwona   
5 Feb 2007
News / Polish Immigrants Leave America for Europe [210]

In England to be lawyer you have to be quite good.I think that it is big competition in this profession but....I am not surprised llooking at their income.
iwona   
5 Feb 2007
Life / Favourite Polish movies? [107]

few months ago I was watching "Nad Niemnem" quite good film.

But what about...classics like Mis,Brunet wieczorowa pora,.....
iwona   
5 Feb 2007
Life / Do Polish People steal a lot? [330]

I have always felt safe in Poland, more so than walking through my own city late at night...

I think that this is kind of prejudice. In UK noone says that Polish people steal....ok they can get drunk...live together in big groups...but in general they work hard and don't cause much trouble.

I think that for German we are all poor and thieves...

It makes me smile when they say that noone likes Polish...What about them?

I don't want to sound mean but they are the least liked nation in Europe.
iwona   
5 Feb 2007
Life / Do you think that Polish people are rude? [951]

I have never heard of the third person being used to address servants- it sounds derogatory towards the servants-I doubt Poles would say this- simply as it is not polite.

It is not now,I tought about 100 years ago.
I am sure it was used .
iwona   
4 Feb 2007
Life / Are Polish people open to others? [20]

They are a bit similar...there is only one difference English likes putting themselves a a bit down , they like "understatements"...but theya rs till quite confident ....Polish like to feel a bit worse as victims.( I suppose our history has much to do with it) ...and ...we don't have always much confidence.
iwona   
2 Feb 2007
Genealogy / Is tallness common among Polish people? [201]

Yes the Dutch are very tall, which in itself amazes me that with them long leg strides it takes them so long to get to the bar and buy a round of drinks.

Maybe they do small steps:)
iwona   
2 Feb 2007
Life / Do you think that Polish people are rude? [951]

This is just a normal part of British culture/English language.In traditional times when a 'gentleman' met someone he might say "How do you do?" (How are you doing?).The modern more informal version is "You alright?" (Are you alright/ok?).This is just considered a more friendly way of saying "Hello".People usually respond by saying "I am very well/fine thanks/not bad" etc. I really don't see what the problem is!

It is different to the American automatic "Have a nice day" etc.
I think perhaps the Polish language/culture is more formal and less fluid than Britain.Try and enjoy the better differences.


I quite like "How do you do".....I remember learning it at school ...but noone uses it now.bit old-fashioned.

You alright?" (Are you alright/ok?).This is just considered a more friendly way of saying "Hello

I personally prefer Hello, Good morning....
iwona   
1 Feb 2007
Life / Are Polish people open to others? [20]

everything....illness...symptoms.....treatments......doctors....medici nes....

I have colleagues who always tells me all stories about her little son's illnesses.
iwona   
1 Feb 2007
Life / Are Polish people open to others? [20]

Oh! and don't get them started on talking about illnesses

that is true.....[b][/b]

Not only old people but lats of young too.....

In general I think that we are quite open to close friends and families but reserved to strangers.
iwona   
26 Jan 2007
Life / Favourite Polish movies? [107]

Your definitely not weird. It's the best Polish comedy made after 1989, if not in the entire history of Polish cinema!!

I find it amusing.....really good.:)
iwona   
24 Jan 2007
Life / Favourite Polish movies? [107]

I started reading Samotnosc w sieci ( never finished) but I didn't like it much.