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Latin VS Polish cultures.

curguz 1 | 1
20 Jul 2013 #1
What are the main similarities and differences between Latin and Polish cultures?
Wlodzimierz 4 | 544
20 Jul 2013 #2
Generalizations are usually tempting, but off hand, I'd say that for me the major difference lies in the concept of 'time management' between Latinos (including non-Hispanic Brazilians!) and Northern Europeans, e.g. the Poles. Polish people tend typically to respect time, that is, business as well as social appointments. Such cannot as often be said for most Latins, for many of whom, time remains a fluid element, to be bent as preferred depending on its expediency at a given moment:-)
f stop 25 | 2,513
20 Jul 2013 #3
you are right, Wlodzimierz, but you're really pointing out one of the differences between the cold and hot weather cultures.
In hot-weather culture, showing precisely on time for a social engagement is viewed with suspicion.. even asking what time is the supper will cause raised eyebrows. ;)

They are not as task oriented as we are. Relationships play a bigger role.
Jardinero 1 | 405
21 Jul 2013 #4
From my experience with Latinos, I would say that on a social level they always appear more relaxed, like to joke much more, seem to be able to enjoy a laugh/dance/conversation and hence tend to be louder - all of that without the need of ingesting alcohol (never mind the need to get drunk) as is most often the case in our Polish tradition... Too many Poles get aggressive when drunk instead of enjoying themselves. Religion would probably be a binding theme. As would passion for football.
Foreigner4 12 | 1,768
21 Jul 2013 #5
Too many Poles get aggressive when drunk instead of enjoying themselves.

Y'know, in over 10 years of living here, I've never found that to be much of an issue.
Wlodzimierz 4 | 544
21 Jul 2013 #6
I agree, f-stop. However, the weather theory is scarcely consistent. The English for instance live in as cold and often unseasonable a climate as the Swedes or the Germans, yet the latter above all usually get QUITE A BIT "overheated" in discussion, particularly if WWII comes up ^^ The Swedes are more like the English than they are like the Germans.

It has though often been put forward that colder-climate cultures, such as Poland, are more outwardly creative and feverishly excited than people from, say, much hotter climates, such as the Spanish, Greeks or Brazilians etc..
f stop 25 | 2,513
21 Jul 2013 #7
I purposely didn't say anything about the differences in temperament, because, based on my personal experiences, I could not make that generalization.
Wlodzimierz 4 | 544
22 Jul 2013 #8
Generalizations are merely truths which have "gently" overstayed their welcome, that's all:-) There's nothing wrong per se with generations. Often they're useful pegs upon which to hang our experiences.

Apologies, misswrote last post: "There's nothing wrong with them per se."
archiwum 13 | 125
28 Jul 2013 #9
Latin is language, not a group, and mostly used by the clergy. You are talking about Romanisch,
or Mestizo.
Wlodzimierz 4 | 544
28 Jul 2013 #10
Archiwum, "Latin" here refers specifically to a nationality or group of specifically Spanish/Hispanic-speaking people, NOT to the Latin language. Romansch as spoken in Grisons in Switzerland was the furthest thought from my mind:-)
archiwum 13 | 125
28 Jul 2013 #11
Were you are might be the thing, but overall it's GAD, or Mestizo!
Wlodzimierz 4 | 544
28 Jul 2013 #12
"Mestizo" simply means "mixed", European-white, i.e. Spanish and Native American.
archiwum 13 | 125
28 Jul 2013 #13
Half White/Half Indigenous-Is Mestizo

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