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Does anyone feel that they are not normal for learning Polish? No Polish girlfriend etc.


catsoldier 62 | 596
18 Jun 2011 #1
Does anyone feel that they are not normal for learning Polish? No Polish girlfriend etc. Do you live in shame(not shame that I don't have a Polish girlfriend but that I learn Polish for no obvious reason?) I do but I would like some help, any ideas?
Koala 1 | 332
18 Jun 2011 #2
Why would you feel ashamed? You might feel ashamed for getting obese or drinking too much or being rude or wearing dirty cloths etc. but learning a foreign language? Hell no.
Lyzko
18 Jun 2011 #3
Learning any language, even a "dead" one, has immense practical value, if for no other reason than to keep your brain sharp and stave off the onset of early Alzheimer's-:))) Figure you're too young to worry about that thoughLOL
OP catsoldier 62 | 596
8 Jul 2011 #4
Someone else mentioned something like this recently, he was afraid that if he spoke some Polish words to his Polish neighbours in Britain that they might think that he was some kind of a freak/weirdo etc. I can't find the thread now but I think that it is all about the context in which you speak the Polish language, speaking it in Poland is super ok, saying Polish swear words for fun at work with Polish friends etc. is ok in any country, speaking "good" Polish in Britain worries people sometimes but speaking badly pronounced Polish to dogs is just cringe!!!!!!!! Worse than the first episodes of the x factor I think.

I do think that learning languages is very good for anyone though despite my own mixed up ideas on the matter of Polish. I agree with Lyzko and Koala above.
rybnik 18 | 1,462
8 Jul 2011 #5
Do you live in shame(not shame that I don't have a Polish girlfriend but that I learn Polish for no obvious reason?) I do but I would like some help, any ideas?

You should be ashamed for NOT KNOWING Polish ;) lol
boletus 30 | 1,366
8 Jul 2011 #6
Does anyone feel that they are not normal for learning Polish?

People get fascinated by other cultures quite often. Listen to this:

But it was my little daughter who did me in. "James Mitchener is a white man. You are not even white, Daddy." The bottom fell off.

From a book "Polonia, and the Man Who Saw God", by Ansara Ali, 1995.
Of Indian parentage, he grew up in Trinidad, but he has since lived in India, England, New York, Toronto, Florida and American Rockies. (...) He gave up journalism to see the world and spent the next ten years of his life "seeing the world" in a taxi.

"But let me say in all sincerity that of all the people I have met under the roof of my taxi, none fascinated me more than these same Poles."

So he decided to write a book about Poles.

Yes, the book has some trivial sections, and he sees Poland quite shallowly at times - although probably no shallower than some "plastic Poles" do, and the book is not a classic, and it will never be such, but the man has to be commended for his passion and courage. And for his sense of humor. Some of his scenes are full of action and are really funny.
beckski 12 | 1,617
9 Jul 2011 #7
Does anyone feel that they are not normal for learning Polish?

I don't feel abnormal about not being able to speak Polish. I just feel humiliated when native speakers laugh at me, when I make speaking errors in Polish.
George8600 10 | 637
9 Jul 2011 #8
I really don't understand what you're asking. If I had the time (academically) on my hands, then I would learn Polish, with or without a polish gf.
PennBoy 76 | 2,437
9 Jul 2011 #9
I do think that learning languages is very good for anyone though despite my own mixed up ideas on the matter of Polish. I agree with Lyzko and Koala above.

HAHAHA a dog understanding only Polish how nice
Seanus 15 | 19,706
9 Jul 2011 #10
If you live in Poland or are seriously thinking about it then of course it makes sense to learn it. I couldn't imagine not knowing it here as I would feel so ignorant. Knowledge is power.
Crow 137 | 7,754
9 Jul 2011 #11
Polish language is the language of future in Europe, on the Baltic-Balkan/Lusatia-Ukraine line. Many people in Serbia learning Polish
Seanus 15 | 19,706
9 Jul 2011 #12
Crow, it is growing in popularity. Please join us in the Polish language threads and show us what you know.


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