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What are the best professional reasons for learning Polish?


Samideano
16 Oct 2023 #1
Cześć! Jestem Francuzem, I'm a history student. I've just started to learn Polish but know I will only succeed with a lot of motivation as it's going to be a lot of work and persevering will be essential.

To start with, I'm *not* considering moving permanently to Poland.
I'm fascinated by Polish history and I would love enjoying books like Sienkiewicz's Quo Vadis, With Fire and Sword and other historical fiction books in the original version, as well as discovering Mickiewicz's poetry.

I've watched Wajda's Pan Tadeusz and it made me appreciate the beauty of the language, which at first can appear awful when it's written and you don't know how to read it. Listening to Mickievicz's verses in French just isn't it.

Also, this is less serious, but the Polish internet culture seems to be a reason of its own to learn the language.
But beyond this cultural fascination, I would like to know what will Polish bring me in terms of professional opportunities if I don't settle in Poland?

Do you think it is objectively worth learning if I want to work in EU institutions? How badly needed (if really needed) are "Poland specialists" needed in Europe outside Poland (in the research field and as journalists etc), does anyone here know that?

Thanks for your answers, dziękuję!
Novichok 4 | 7,962
17 Oct 2023 #2
I would like to know what will Polish bring me in terms of professional opportunities if I don't settle in Poland?

Nothing. If you want to visit Poland to get laid, speak French. They will not understand a word but will be thrilled.
Don't speak German. Big turn-off.
Atch 22 | 4,125
17 Oct 2023 #3
Do you think it is objectively worth learning if I want to work in EU institutions?

are "Poland specialists" needed in Europe

The only reason to learn it for professional reasons is if you want to work as a translator or perhaps an interpreter. In that case you'd be translating from Polish to your native language, French.
Alien 20 | 4,979
17 Oct 2023 #4
Thanks for your answers

There is one more reason, which has nothing to do with professional work, why it is worth learning Polish. Polish with a French accent is incredibly erotic, all women will fall in love with you immediately.
cms neuf 1 | 1,793
17 Oct 2023 #5
Outside Poland none - every country has a large Polish diaspora who would take any Polish language job

Inside Poland it is extremely useful, especially with French - there is high demand in Polish for French speakers
gumishu 13 | 6,140
17 Oct 2023 #6
Don't speak German. Big turn-off.

hahaha ;)
Novichok 4 | 7,962
17 Oct 2023 #7
Polish with a French accent is incredibly erotic,

If he speaks French, she will rape him.
Lyzko 45 | 9,420
17 Oct 2023 #8
@Samideano,
The obvious professional reasons for learning a foreign language are in order to communicate successfully with those from another country, without having to rely either on comic pantomime or misunderstandings, all of which could be avoided by knowing the other person's native tongue!

Polish is a challenge, especially for the Romance, even the Germanic, tongue.
Best of luck to you and congratulations on taking the plunge:-)
Novichok 4 | 7,962
17 Oct 2023 #9
...reasons for learning a foreign language are in order to communicate successfully with those from another country,

No sh*it...I am so glad you told me that.

Do you talk like this to those you love or hate?
Lyzko 45 | 9,420
17 Oct 2023 #10
Just to those with brains, Rich.
How about you?
Novichok 4 | 7,962
18 Oct 2023 #11
Just to those with brains, Rich.

Those with brains already know why we learn foreign languages...TO COMMUNICATE! Duh!
gumishu 13 | 6,140
18 Oct 2023 #12
@Novichok
Rich I rememeber you have said you studied in Poland - did you work as an engineer in the US? (by engineer I mean the US equivalent of Polish 'inżynier' - I just actually don't know how Americans would call a person Polish people call 'inżynier')
Novichok 4 | 7,962
18 Oct 2023 #13
I got my MSEE from WUT (Wydzial Lacznosci) in Feb 1966. I started my first US job as an engineer in June 1967 with Stewart Warner in Chicago.

The funniest part: I had a major pis*ing contest with one of the TAs. Years later, I found his resume on my desk. This proves again that the earth is a very small place...
Lyzko 45 | 9,420
18 Oct 2023 #14
So you're technically still a Polish citizen, although you haven't
lived there, that is, in Poland, for over half a century, is that correct?
Novichok 4 | 7,962
18 Oct 2023 #15
So you're technically still a Polish citizen

What's the other kind?
Lyzko 45 | 9,420
18 Oct 2023 #16
A US citizen aka national, of course.


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