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Polish culture do's and dont's?


justynabristol 4 | 10
10 Feb 2008  #1
do not pour milk in tea :)))
take your shoes off when invited in

I look forward to read more ideas :)
telefonitika
10 Feb 2008  #2
take your shoes off when invited in

i didnt i kept mine on for about half hour ... then took them off

milk in tea .. no i got asked if wanted black tea or lemon tea .. i opted for black tea ... not that i drink it often unless the milk is off ... !
JustysiaS 13 | 2,240
10 Feb 2008  #3
take your shoes off when invited in

if you attempt to take your shoes off when invited in, in most cases they will tell you its ok to keep them on anyway lol.
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,512
10 Feb 2008  #5
dont fart in the lift
Filios1 8 | 1,336
10 Feb 2008  #6
if you attempt to take your shoes off when invited in, in most cases they will tell you its ok to keep them on anyway lol.

In my experience, I am always given clapki if I take my shoes off. Sometimes I am told to keep them on, but I always take them off, no matter what. Sign of respect not to bring filth from outside into the home.

Milk in tea? Yes, I sometimes add milk, but I have never seen a Polish person do it.

Another do. Always come with an empty stomach to a Polish home when you are invited. There will be plate fulls of food awaiting you. Manners dictate that you never say Nie Dziekuje when the lady of the household puts out some cake or czasto for you. Always have at least one piece, but never too many. And compliment, say Dziekuje after every meal. Not polite to burp or to fart after a good meal, or to say Oh wow! I am Full! and stretch out, unless it is family.
miranda
10 Feb 2008  #7
don't throw up in public places when somebody is watching-hard to do
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,512
10 Feb 2008  #8
dont pee on your shoe in communal toilets
JustysiaS 13 | 2,240
10 Feb 2008  #9
and if its the mens toilets, dont pee on somebody elses shoes...
Shawn_H
10 Feb 2008  #10
dont pee on your shoe in communal toilets

And don't pee on your neighbour's shoe in communal toilets.
Filios1 8 | 1,336
10 Feb 2008  #11
don't throw up in public places when somebody is watching-hard to do

Have had this happen only once, in Krakow in the old-town. I was stumbling about with some Polish cousins of mine and threw up all over some tables that were set up for some kind of performance or sale for the next morning. Luckily, it was night, and only some teenage girls saw me in my sad state.

and if its the mens toilets, dont pee on somebody elses shoes...

And don't pee on your neighbour's shoe in communal toilets.

You both think alike.
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,512
10 Feb 2008  #12
dont watch your neighbour pee on your shoe, even if youre a shirt lifter
OP justynabristol 4 | 10
10 Feb 2008  #13
don't wear black for weddings, especially if you are closely related to the bride
Seanus 15 | 19,706
10 Feb 2008  #14
Do's = Use ur elbows in queues, u know, just to announce ur presence

Wait JUST outside the lift and stand ur ground as the doors open

Charge onto trams as quickly as possible

Move onto the line of the person walking towards u. If they move, do likewise,
it keeps them guessing and the suspence going

Frown profusely as u hand over ur money and get ur change in a shop

Be sure to peer through those translucent windows when people are doin a no2

Ask for cheese in ur cheeseburger

My biggest don't would be not to ask for extra cabbage in ur hamburger

Just a few thoughts, I tried an OsioĊ‚-style posting and I think I failed. Ah well, at least I tried, LOL

If the poster really wants to know, I'll do a more serious posting as I've conducted many classes on the issue here in Gliwice
miranda
10 Feb 2008  #15
dont watch your neighbour pee on your shoe, even if youre a shirt lifter

why not?
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,512
10 Feb 2008  #16
dont pee in the lift, even if its communal

why not?

your a woman you wouldnt understand - just like men dont really understand why women have to go to the bathroom together
Seanus 15 | 19,706
10 Feb 2008  #17
I have to correct BW, fart in the lift, it breaks the tension. Or stand on their foot and see their reaction
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,512
10 Feb 2008  #18
dont fart in the lift unless someone has just taken a leak and there is a need to break the tension
Filios1 8 | 1,336
10 Feb 2008  #19
Charge onto trams as quickly as possible

Not true. Most Poles have gentlemanly instincts, and let old people, women, or disabled on first. If it is younger people, yes, you may see a bit of pushing.
miranda
10 Feb 2008  #20
don't wear black for weddings, especially if you are closely related to the bride

OMG - no wonder I am not invited anymore;(
JustysiaS 13 | 2,240
10 Feb 2008  #21
Filios1

how did you manage to quote me but put shawns name on it? lol

adding to the list, never say sorry, say przepraszam
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,512
10 Feb 2008  #22
dont take more than 2 tokes before passing the blunt
Filios1 8 | 1,336
10 Feb 2008  #23
how did you manage to quote me but put shawns name on it? lol

hmm, I only see your name on my quote, though.
Seanus 15 | 19,706
10 Feb 2008  #24
Filios1, let me make myself clear from the outset, that was a joke posting. I have had a positive experience with trams here, u know, free riding (na gape) n'all. Just kidding, I agree with u. My postings were a flawed attempt at humour
Filios1 8 | 1,336
10 Feb 2008  #25
Filios1, let me make myself clear from the outset, that was a joke posting.

Oh, sorry then. I find it difficult to detect humour over the internet.
Eurola 4 | 1,906
10 Feb 2008  #26
Most Poles have gentlemanly instincts, and let old people, women, or disabled on first.

I have to agree with this one. I was shocked at first in US, when I saw young punks on the subway, sitting and not giving up a seat to a little old lady or a man holding to a rail for their dear life, or a woman looking like she is nine months pregnent...cultural, I guess...
Filios1 8 | 1,336
10 Feb 2008  #27
saw young punks on the subway, sitting and not giving up a seat to a little old lady or a man holding to a rail for their dear life, or a woman looking like she is nine months pregnent...cultural, I guess...

Yes, I agree. In the US especially. In Poland, even the young generation and the most goofy looking punks will give up seats for old ladies. That may be changing, but its still alive and well today.
Seanus 15 | 19,706
10 Feb 2008  #28
U gotta try harder Filios1, LOL. As I said, I agree with what u said
telefonitika
10 Feb 2008  #29
dont take more than 2 tokes before passing the blunt

thats just greedy if you did ... lmao!
Seanus 15 | 19,706
10 Feb 2008  #30
DON'T = Screw around with the police at football/soccer games. Asking for trouble then


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