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Americanization of Poland - good or bad?

Rich Mazur 4 | 3,125
10 Jun 2018  #1

For the school year of 2008-2009, I was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to teach in Poland at the University of Wroclaw. I spent the year with my wife and teenage daughter.

To assuage our occasional homesickness, we saw a lot of American movies, with Polish subtitles, at the huge, ultra- modern mall near our apartment: "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," "The Dark Knight," "Milk" and (alas) "Mamma Mia." The mall's multiplex screened many more American than Polish films. Often afterward, we ate ice cream in the mall's food court, which sports a Subway sandwich shop, a Burger King, and a Kentucky Fried Chicken. Sitting there, you'd have no idea (except for the signs in Polish above the stores) that you weren't in Middle America

As a visitor from the US, I was not amused. For the money I spent, I wanted to see Polish restaurants serving Polish food. The unhealthy type like flaki and tatar. That was not easy to find. But a Subway sandwich? No sweat.
cms neuf - | 943
10 Jun 2018  #2
Apart from macs, kfc, bk and starbucks i cannot think of an American retailer that has a serious presence in Poland. None of the food, clothing, sports, DIY or drugstores are American.

Gap, Footlocker and Exxon have been and gone but i cant think of many others.

Almost all malls have polish food available - there are chains like Altana, and Chlopskie jadlo plus pubs and plenty of stoisko selling sausage, cheese etc plus you can often eat at the deli counter in the supermarket which has plenty of kapusta and schab.

Did you really visit here ?
OP Rich Mazur 4 | 3,125
10 Jun 2018  #3
From Chicago Tribune:

The extreme formalities and politeness of Polish culture can seem circular to a foreigner, but it is a pleasant opening dance to many, especially older, Poles. Many men still kiss a woman's hand at the beginning and close of a business meeting, a social grace that might well be considered harassment in the U.S.

"We don't use Pan or Pani (Mr. or Miss) in our office but large state-owned companies still do," Tobiasz said. "You have to call the head of the company Pan Dyrektor and you cannot call him by his first name. In Polish companies it will not change in several years. But especially in American companies, you'll find people are open, friendlier and more informal."

I like friendlier and informal.
mafketis 20 | 7,253
10 Jun 2018  #4
From Chicago Tribune

See that's your problem, not being Polish you're relying on third hand information (repeating old stereotypes) that's completely wrong and trying to pass as native. What a silly, old, unconvincing fraud you are (see? no Pan!)
Lyzko 23 | 6,542
10 Jun 2018  #5
Poland's by far the least Americanized nation in Europe! Germany's far more like almost a mini-US, certainly in terms of how American English has infected their mother tongue. French additions were clearly a badge of pride; take from one's betters and imitate them. "Denglisch" or "Germlish" or whatever you wish to call it, is a sign of linguistic laziness, scarcely pride, and probably far more widespread in Germany than, say, "Poglish" is in Poland.

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