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Sticklers for grammar?

JS08K 2 | 6
15 Jan 2010 #1
I am learning polish in my free time and I have never been able to find an actual teacher.

Because of this, pl grammar has been very scary -- at least to me.... (I'm from an american background)

On a scale from 1-10 .. How much would a pole hate me if my grammar was horrible?
frd 7 | 1,401
15 Jan 2010 #2
It probably depends on the person, a normal person wouldn't probably mind. Me for instance, I would appreciate that someone is learning my pretty difficult language at all ;)
KRH - | 2
15 Jan 2010 #3
That would be the reaction that I found quite often as a native English speaker with minimal (at best) understanding of the Polish language during my stays there. In fact, I can't remember a single person being anything other than extremely friendly when I butchered their language.
frd 7 | 1,401
15 Jan 2010 #4
I'm pretty sure that's how it work.. the only the that might spark a decline is when somebody wants information or your task being done quickly and can't do it due to the communication problem, same as problems with trying to explain something to Polish bus drivers in UK.
OP JS08K 2 | 6
17 Jan 2010 #5
That is defiantly good to hear. That was one of the top things I am worried about when I go.
6 Mar 2010 #6
I too found the Poles whom I encountered, first of all, delighted to hear that a foreigner could "speak" their language, second of all, most helpful when making inquiries:-)

Don't recall being corrected much, except for many asking me to repeat my questions lol
pawian 202 | 21,196
26 Aug 2019 #7
Hmm, were they the questions of improper nature?
Lyzko 40 | 8,759
26 Aug 2019 #8
I wouldn't consider "Gdzie jest ratusz?" in any way improper, would you?
pawian 202 | 21,196
26 Aug 2019 #9
No, that was a decent one. I thought you asked: Where is Dworzec Gówny? Where is the Main Station?
Lyzko 40 | 8,759
26 Aug 2019 #10
The Dworzec Glowny in Szczecin was relatively close to our hotel. My friend though at the time, was a student of architecture in Berlin and was nagging me to take her to see the local City Hall, as she only knew German and I could translate for her a little.
pawian 202 | 21,196
26 Aug 2019 #11
Not Główny but Gówny.
Lyzko 40 | 8,759
26 Aug 2019 #12
As I recall, it appeared "glowny" as in German "HAUPTbahnhof" or "head" aka main station:-)
pawian 202 | 21,196
26 Aug 2019 #13
Gówny is an indecent joke.
Lyzko 40 | 8,759
26 Aug 2019 #14
Might have known, GOWniarzLOL
pawian 202 | 21,196
27 Aug 2019 #15
Lyżko, it isn`t nice to abuse people in this way. Watch out, you can get a warning and lose decent posters` respect. And it doesn`t suit a teacher to use such vocabulary.

Lyzko 40 | 8,759
27 Aug 2019 #16
Merely a word play, pal!

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