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lunchbox   
31 Jan 2010
Work / Advice on Polish courses in Krakow [8]

uj.edu.pl/Polonia/pl/onas/

I don't know who exactly they take.. but I did see people that didn't seem to be students anymore.
Anyhow, I took some classes there and would highly recommend it :) If that helps at all.
lunchbox   
13 Apr 2009
Language / Polite forms in Polish vs English [49]

From what I've seen, people whose native languages are not that big on addressing people formally, have a tendency to drop out the polite "pan/pani" form and address everyone as "ty". And that does not fly well. Maybe it's just the culture I was brought up in.. but when I see a 19 year old kid addressing their professor in such a manner it just makes my skin crawl. However looking at myself and my fellow students of Polish in Slovenia, we have problems with the correct polish form as well.. since in my language addressing someone formally calls for the use of the 2. person plural and as a slip of the tongue we all do it a lot when speaking Polish as well.

As far as the English being more polite than the Polish.. I would have to disagree. The forms might be a bit more subtle.. but the tunes - oh my, the tunes! They're quite expressive.. it's all in the way one delivers the sentence. And I would have to say I have never seen such complete turnabouts of character as one can witness when the English go abroad on vacation. :P
lunchbox   
13 Apr 2009
Language / Polish was chosen the HARDEST LANGUAGE in the world to learn... :D [1540]

I'm just trying to say that from my point of view picking up foul language is quite pointless until you are skilled enough to actually draw up enough context by yourself to embed the said curses in. I also find people "learning" languages and claiming they can get by ridiculous. What good does it do to anyone when you can ask where something is and then get completely lost when someone tries to give you an answer in rapid speech and you turn into a deer caught in the lights.

And no, I'm not saying people shouldn't learn languages. And yes, learning a language takes time and a lot of mistakes. I'm just saying that it'd be easier if people would drop the "I can speak a gazillion languages" act.
lunchbox   
13 Apr 2009
Language / Polish was chosen the HARDEST LANGUAGE in the world to learn... :D [1540]

So you would say you can get quite artistic with the four swear words you pick up the first day? Until you can fluently curse in Serbian you have learned nothing. Now that is *colourful* :P co więcej chciałam powiedzieć.. ah.. takie brzydkie słowa nie mają nic do roboty w takich słodkich ustach.. tsk, strike one.. następna stacja: lanie. :P
lunchbox   
13 Apr 2009
Language / Polish was chosen the HARDEST LANGUAGE in the world to learn... :D [1540]

It's always the easiest to learn swear words. Lol.

Is it really? Sadly, after almost three years and an exchange program in Kraków, I'm fluent in neither - the descriptive drunken banter in foul language or the normal "let's have a conversation about something other than drinking or exchanging bodily fluids" part.

Seanus: Scotland might be small by your standards.. you could still fit about four Slovenia-sized countries in there though :P
lunchbox   
13 Apr 2009
Language / Polish was chosen the HARDEST LANGUAGE in the world to learn... :D [1540]

What do you mean quite okay to follow as a language? As in you find it easy to understand? Are you Polish or just living there? Cause you understanding Slovene would make much more sense were you actually Polish.. though I have to say it shouldn't be *that* easy. Or maybe I just had some extra difficulty trying to understand Polish when starting off :P And yes, I'm actually Slovenian. Born and raised in a country one needs about two hours to pass through. :P
lunchbox   
13 Apr 2009
Language / Polish was chosen the HARDEST LANGUAGE in the world to learn... :D [1540]

That really depends... You could either look at each language's difficulty by the difficulty it poses for native speakers to master it.. or people who learn it as a foreign language. The latter however is really a subjective thing. It all depends on how close your native language is to the one you're trying to learn and which other languages you are already familiar with. So it's hard to claim that whichever language is the hardest. Switching the writing and having to get into a completely other mindset of grammar or rather lack thereof is difficult for anyone.. so having been in contact with one set of languages all your life and then suddenly trying to learn Japanese is quite a challenge, I would say.
lunchbox   
13 Apr 2009
Language / Polish was chosen the HARDEST LANGUAGE in the world to learn... :D [1540]

Changes happen for the oddest reasons. What about double plural? Who decided the plural of "child" should be "children" when it already had a proper plural "childer" or as some say dialectic "childre". Odd were the times when the -en plural was popular.
lunchbox   
13 Apr 2009
Language / Polish was chosen the HARDEST LANGUAGE in the world to learn... :D [1540]

Well there may not be any inherent need.. but then you can start putting together a new shiny artificial language that will actually stick and be efficient enough for all uses and trades. I actually quite enjoy these little things in languages that make you want to chew your arms off. It's what makes languages magical :P still, Slovenian hasn't dropt any genders as far as I know... and a table is most certainly feminine in Slovenian :P
lunchbox   
13 Apr 2009
Language / Polish was chosen the HARDEST LANGUAGE in the world to learn... :D [1540]

But at least Polish did away with the dual number

Which pointless grammatical gender is that? unless you're raving about the fact that polish has an odd three way masculine form thingy.. I have no idea what you are talking about.

Slovenian has however dropt the vocative case.. or rather.. it is exactly the same as the nominative.
lunchbox   
27 Jul 2008
Life / Is it me or do any guys in Poland not have shaved heads? [113]

they all have shaved heads and wear bomber jackets and awful camoflouge trousers. It apparently the eastern european dress sense as the ukrain, slovenia, lithuiania et dress the same.

Yes, because if you decide to pull such a ridiculous generalization out of your pocket it doesn't even matter whether you have ever seen a map of Europe before.
lunchbox   
18 Nov 2007
Language / Polish Swear Words [1168]

oh pitchka? lol are you sure that is supposed to be polish? sounds like o, pièka.. and one would have to go to another slavic language for that..

anyhow.. byćo w chuj.. or however one writes that and czochraj bobra! :P