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What were the first Polish words and phrases you have learned?


jasondmzk
12 Feb 2012 #31
Jeżyk!
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,448
12 Feb 2012 #32
Probably: mama, tata, babcia, dzidzia, bebe (sowemthing bad). But I most recall 'pan gla'. There was this moving billboard advertising Pfeiffer's beer which showed Johnny Fifer (a Revolutioanry War icon) marching along and playing the fife. Some grown-up pointed it out to me and said 'pan gra' and at the age of 2 or 3 I was only able to blurt out 'pan gla'.
wildrover 98 | 4,451
12 Feb 2012 #33
What were the first Polish words and phrases you have learned?

TAK , TAK , TAK.... Learned from the lovely Aneta...
sa11y 5 | 331
12 Feb 2012 #34
My sons first Polish words (i don't count 'mama') were 'boli' and 'babcia'
DA-13
19 Mar 2014 #35
I am a pole, so i cannot tell the first word i learnt.

It was mama, lol
Wulkan - | 3,251
19 Mar 2014 #36
my first one was 'mama' too
Tipsy toe
19 Mar 2014 #37
mine was Koo@wa!ofcourse at age 29 when I was introduced to Poland in America.
TheWizard - | 238
26 Sep 2018 #38
[moved from]

I wish i could speak Polish my parents didnt teach me and google is really bad.
pawian 170 | 11,551
16 Mar 2020 #39
Ratunku! = Help! Pali się! = Fire! (My Polish teacher was very practical,

Yes, very practical in NYC. :)
Lyzko 25 | 7,139
16 Mar 2020 #40
Especially these days: )
Miloslaw 7 | 3,264
16 Mar 2020 #42
Those are the first words that Brits and other nationalities learn from the Poles.
Kurwa seems to be the fourth word in every sentence from these young Poles, they seem to be incapable of completing a sentence without that word in it.

Never heard it from my parents.
The worst I ever heard was cholera and when I used it once my mum gave me a good ticking off......
Rich Mazur 4 | 3,752
16 Mar 2020 #43
Kurwa seems to be the fourth word in every sentence from these young Poles

Now you understand why I left those linguistic geniuses back in 1967, I hope.
Miloslaw 7 | 3,264
16 Mar 2020 #44
Yeah, I get that bit.
But in 1967 they were not what they are now.
Different generation.
Lyzko 25 | 7,139
17 Mar 2020 #45
As of the mid- to late '00, "kurwa" 's still used.
Recently rented a movie from '12 or so, and the word was used a fair bit.
pawian 170 | 11,551
17 Mar 2020 #46
I wish i could speak Polish my parents didnt teach me and google is really bad.

Such renegade parents should be sued by their grown-up kids.
Miloslaw 7 | 3,264
17 Mar 2020 #47
Don't be so harsh.
I grew up with Polish as my first language, but my parents never taught me to read and write Polish because in rhe 1960's, when I was growing up, Poland was lost......they could not see it returning.... so Polish, in their eyes, was a useless language.

You need some education on the Polish diaspora my friend.
dolnoslask 5 | 2,943
17 Mar 2020 #48
Don't be so harsh.
I grew up with Polish as my first language, but my parents never taught me to read and write Polish

Snap me too mate.
Miloslaw 7 | 3,264
17 Mar 2020 #49
You see, Pawian does not know this stuff and so does not know what he is talking about.
pawian 170 | 11,551
17 Mar 2020 #50
so Polish, in their eyes, was a useless language.

They were fekking renegades. During partitions Poles were not allowed to speak Polish by Russians or Germans, yet they did, secretly. Later Poland was resurrected thanks to such Poles. If your parents thought Polish was useless, they were useless Poles, then. I am sorry, I know you can`t change your parents today, it is too late.

Watch this wonderful scene from a film depicting times when Poles had to speak Russian in school, even in Polish class, but one patriotic boys resists and influences other boys with his patriotism. Your parents should have taken a fekking example:

You need some education on the Polish diaspora my friend.

I don`t need no education on renegade Poles. Simple. If I were you, I wouldn`t boast of such things, it is a disgrace.

youtu.be/O3efQ8yXmFg
Miloslaw 7 | 3,264
17 Mar 2020 #51
They were fekking renegades

If your parents thought Polish was useless, they were useless Poles

Now who is being an insulting pleb eh?
I think you have had too much to drink...... go to bed.
You can apologise in the morning.
pawian 170 | 11,551
17 Mar 2020 #52
Snap me too mate.

Were your parents Polish renegades too?

Now who is being an insulting pleb eh?

But it is all true. Polish parents who refuse to teach their kids Polish are renegades and no one can deny it.

If you weren`t so proud of it, I could really pity you. But as you are proud, no pity. You are useless for the Polish cause.
Miloslaw 7 | 3,264
17 Mar 2020 #53
Polish parents who refuse to teach their kids Polish

My parents taught me Polish, just not to read and write.
My parents did not give in to communists like your parents did.
If you don't understand that then you need to research the Polish diaspora, lay off the booze and go to bed.
Rich Mazur 4 | 3,752
18 Mar 2020 #54
Polish parents who refuse to teach their kids Polish are renegades

It's not "refuse". It's more like not making the effort to teach them something they would never use. That list of things I never tried to teach them because they would be useless is very long. Like Esperanto or Ebonics. If I taught them Polish, it would be like going back to Poland. That would give me nightmares when the lights are turned off for the night.
dolnoslask 5 | 2,943
18 Mar 2020 #55
. Polish parents who refuse to teach their kids

My parents had to work double shifts in menial / manual jobs as they did not speak English very well. my grandmother took care of me and taught me to speak Polish until the age of five years old, after which I went to normal English school.

My parents were exiled in the UK, never once id they think that Poland could be free from parasitic Communist rule.

Don't forget mum was 5 years old when she was freed from Siberia and exiled to Africa, My dad was 14 when he left Siberia and joined the Polish II corps in Egypt.

Mum and dad had little or no Polish education themselves.

Mum and dad wanted me to concentrate on my English studies so that I would be successful in my host country, I did not have much contact with other Polish kids and there was no Polish school available to me.

The idea of ever being able to return to Poland seemed impossible during those dark times of the iron curtain, don't forget I was out of school and busy working in the mid 70's and commie dogs were still in charge.

I hope that I am not off topic , I am trying to explain why there is so many things Polish words phrase ,that some of us have not learned due to circumstance out of our control, and how it is so easy for some smart arse to criticise those who who did not have the same opportunities to learn Polish as they did.
pawian 170 | 11,551
18 Mar 2020 #56
Mum and dad had little or no Polish education themselves.

Aaah, now it is all clear. You should have mentioned it earlier. So, you can be kind of excused. :):)
Miloslaw 7 | 3,264
18 Mar 2020 #57
@dolnoslask
@pawian

My story is similar to Dolno's although Dad had his own business and Mum spoke good English.
pawian 170 | 11,551
18 Mar 2020 #58
Ok, I didn`t know those details so I am sorry for my harsh words. :)
Miloslaw 7 | 3,264
18 Mar 2020 #59
@pawian

Dziekuje bardzo :-)
Rich Mazur 4 | 3,752
18 Mar 2020 #60
Polish parents who refuse to teach their kids Polish are renegades and no one can deny it.

Forcing a kid to learn useless things is child abuse. Would you like some examples or can you accept that claim as written?


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