If I waited and lived here longer before I tried to change things then maybe I'll develop your defeatest attitude.
Do you not perhaps think that you'll meet significant opposition, given that you have next to no experience of Polish life and culture? Even ex-pats that have been here a while will often say that they're bewildered by some aspects of Polish life - so what makes you such an expert?
By the way I'm not and ex-pat!!..I still have my British Passport! ...Who still gets his full English Breakfast, which is very much enjoyed by my wifes family, every Saturday before the football!!..
So you want to change the Polish culture, yet you still indulge in the very practice that are laughed at by many Poles? As for it being enjoyed...suffered is probably a far more accurate word, except they're too polite to say so :)
Yes, you are an ex-pat. I've still got my British passport, too. But when in Rome and all that...
So what if I have the attitude of a Brit!...I'm sure there was a topic on here like ''Poland wake up to a multi-cultural world!!''
The point is that you wouldn't go to a neighbours house and start demanding that they change their way of living just to suit you. The fact that you're not even here permanently is also significant - if you don't even intend to stay in the country, how can you expect anyone to take you seriously?
What the hell has any of that got to with it!!...Have you ever heard of Morals! I didn't study 5 years to be a sell out!!
Morals? In ESL? Pleeeeease.... the business is more ruthless and cut throat than many other industries. Again, it's a business - morality doesn't come into it.
Business or not...teachers still have a responsibility to TEACH!!! How do you not get that!?
You're the one that seems to be struggling with the concept of the teacher being there to make the student feel good about themselves. You're not there to humiliate them, you're not there to make them feel bad - you're there to reassure and coach them. But what would you know about teaching, seeing as you're not a trained teacher?
Actually, this is where your ignorance is shining through!!
The problem is that you're talking about private schooling. It's not comparable - in private schools, teachers are paid upon results. If a teacher fails everyone and doesn't guide them, then no-one is going to send their children to that school, are they? Again, it's a business - not a vocation.
I'm sure you'll find exactly the same behaviour in private language schools in the UK. Ultimately, private teaching is all about results - and you're paid accordingly. No-one wants to hire a teacher that fails, do they?
I left this till last....go to hell..I know a lot more Polish than I let on...( I have my reasons!)..but I never judge or stereotype people!
Aha, stereotypical ex-pat who gets defensive about his lack of knowledge.
I only asked the question that if cheating is accepted then incompetence may also be part and parcel of the culture.....
I would be very careful if I were you. Calling a countries public and private sectors 'incompetent' isn't a great way to win friends, especially in a country with high nationalist feelings like Poland.
Anyway, in banks - I've had excellent service off mBank. Government offices? They bent the rules for me in Poznan, and I had excellent service from the Urząd Skarbowy. Hospitals? They're professional, although badly underfunded. Police? They let me away when crossing on a red light after realising that I was a foreigner, with a smile. Can't ask for more than that.
The problem is that you're associating cheating with incompetence, when it can be argued that cheating successfully is a sign of competence.
Hey I'm getting my dual passport soon...still no an ex pat!!!......If i lived in Poland 200 years I'm an individual and so are my views....so stop stereotyping me!!
The language? I have started learning but it seems a bit more difficult compared to my French and Spanish learning days.....don't do it!!!....I'm 10 months in and I can say hello...and well goodbye!....perfectly btw![/quote]
So you were in Poland for 10 months and could only say 'hello and goodbye', yet suddenly you claim that you know lots more? And - given the date of the post (January) - you'll have been here for what, 13 months? If you're such a great teacher, I'm sure you'll be aware that 23 months away isn't exactly 'soon' when it comes to obtaining a passport. But hey, nothing like living in a fantasy world, eh?
Your girlfriend, hmm? You won't get a Polish passport without being married and living here for three years, for a start. Where you think you'll get this Polish passport from 'soon' is a mystery to me :)
I can't help but think (especially since you posted the thread about the millions of things that you would bring to Poland, and the fact that you drink Stella) that you're simply one of those delusional expats who believes that he's somehow important to the country. You claim to have worked as a teacher in many countries, which I find hard to believe. If you had done just that, you'd understand the value in keeping your mouth shut.
Incidentally, it's pretty shameful that you've been here so long and don't even know the word 'grosz'. Rather typical expat behaviour, really.