Well, for example, here's one fella who apparently wants to do it...
this is, yet again, a nothing statement, but if anything, maybe you shouldn't have chosen a POLISH guy, born in POLAND, who speaks POLISH. part of me wants to send this cat an IM, letting him know that in Szczecin, he'll be lucky to earn 1500 a month as a "Informatyk". enjoy your packet soups and bread, my friend.
for what it's worth, Poland's economy has jumped because of foreign investment, along with it's recent induction to the EU. basically, lots of industrialized nations are starting to set up shop here for the same reason every other industrialized nation goes to poorer countries....cheap labor. the people working for say Hewlett Packard in Poland are being paid 15% of what they would earn in America. in addition, if this continues to happen, regarding language, far more Poles will study English rather than transplants coming here for a 1-3 year stint learning Polish.
It already attracts workers from countries like Ukraine or Lithuania
again, what point are you making saying Ukrainians and Lithuanians are coming to Poland looking for work? have you been to either of these countries? have a look around and you will quickly realize why people are fleeing. it's obvious that people of poorer countries want to move to richer or simply safer ones.
That is not true. Apart from large Polish communities abroad (most notably
in UK, USA, Germany, France and Ireland) there are Polish speakers in countries
like Czech Republic, Slovakia, Lithuania, Belarus and Ukraine (I was many times
surprised, while travelling to these countries, how many natives there have decent
command of Polish language).
honestly, when is somebody going to present to me at least a decent argument??? first of all, many Poles, or people with Polish ancestry live in the aforementioned countries. secondly, the languages are all in the same language family, sound similar, and share many common words. A native Polish speaker can turn on a Czech or Slovak television channel and understand 70% of what is being said because of the similarities.
you are very wrong. there are people who have polish family roots all over he world.
including myself, and i never said there weren't. but it still doesn't make the language any more useful. there are millions of Italians and people from Spanish speaking countries living in America, and do Americans need either of those languages? not unless you're an interpreter or an elementary school teacher in Florida or California somewhere in a Spanish speaking community.
not to mention Usa- more than 10 million people. Polish people are everywhere and the language may soon turn out to be more and more vital for business, wait until Poland's economy gets better.
again, I'm American, I know just how "useful" or potentially useful Polish is in America. excluding isolated parts of Chicago, Brooklyn, NYC, and some parts of Pennsylvania/Minnesota/Michigan, you will not hear Polish, and if you did, what would be the point or reason for you to understand it in the first place. so you can turn to your friend and say, "i know what they just said"........?
i will continue to study Polish because I live here, have a Polish fiance along with her family, and my kids are going to speak it, so i need to know it. but, when i'm back in the states, excluding in my own home, i am positive that i will have no use for Polish, along with any other language besides English.
it's really simple.....go to rich countries and walk the streets, and then ask people what language they would like to be fluent in if they could choose, and see how many people say, "I want to learn Polish" over all the others. better yet, TELL them they should consider Polish, and try and convince them of precisely why.
i've grown tired of this thread and re-stating the obvious over and over, sorry to say, but after living in Poland for three years, studying the language even longer, and teaching thousands of people from all over the world and hearing what they have to say, I'm quite savvy on what it means to live in Poland and speak Polish vs. living somewhere else.