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Problems adjusting in Poland

7 Apr 2021 #1
Hi everyone,
I've been here in Poland for a little under a year to live with my boyfriend. I'm not a "new" migrant, I've lived in the US, in India, in New Zealand, in Malaysia and in UAE for varying stretches of time, so I'm used to the little culture shocks and whatnot of moving to a new place.

I'm not sure what it is, but I'm miserable here. I don't want to go into what I don't like about it but it's going to be some depressive spiel and I'd just like to know if it's just me or did any of you feel something similar.

One issue that I think is definitely aggravating the situation is not knowing Polish. I'm taking classes but it's a slow work in progress. Meanwhile I feel anxious whenever I'm outside, since Poles that can't talk in English just talk louder and faster, as if that's supposed to improve comprehension, instead of giving me a minute to listen or trying some sort of sign language, and the Poles that can talk in English (unfortunately a lot of my peers) are intelligible until they lapse into..idk ideas they have no context of, and then it's just cringey and I just excuse myself.

tl;dr tell me stories of your adjustment to Poland so I don't think I'm not the only one who dislikes this place
mafketis 36 | 10,362
7 Apr 2021 #2
Have you ever had to live in a place where you can't use English all the time?

That's a whole different question from simple cultural adaptation....

What languages do you speak? How well?

When I first came to Poland hardly anyone spoke English and I was doing things that required me to become functional in a hurry and it wasn't easy.
Strzelec35 36 | 928
7 Apr 2021 #3
its impossible. they're impossible. just too hard headed i tell you. always have to say the last wrong even or shall I say particularly when they're wrong. they still haven't evolved in terms of knowing English well and thinking polszczyzna is still an important language particularly perfectly which is impossible and still havyent evolved with their companies not taking mobile devices in their usage and advertising into consideration or arguing because they look at written English from Polish eyes or Polish language eyes not knowing they are wrong and should only hire us native speakers to do their company writing not having any sort of Polish speaker filters or editors in any way along the way. they just don't get it. just like they also don't get how learning English isn't based on communism memorization of tenses. so backwards in so many aspects of life career etc. oh and they are backwards with regard to immigration and diversity and understanding the direction the world is going in beyond their borders.

you could go nuts here. imagine a situation you can get in here with them trying to convince you of some **** with regard to English not even being able to see the finger pointing at the moon in front of them.

"I'm miserable here"

how do u think i felt after my deportation? Ive said it many time som this forum and these Polonia retards keep blaming me how these people here are or saying i should just adapt or some ****. For instance dirk diggler keeps arguing how great this place is supposed to be or something... or that guy in that now locked immigration thread talking out of his ass saying im an incel who should kill himself or some shet.

oh I forgot to add they are liers and thieves. everytime you move here you gotta pay close attention on the movers as your stuff is likely to be missing. any time you sign a deal rent or buy property etc. be very careful with such people. but at least they won't take the expensive or obvious ****. just some of your games or media will most likely be missing like in my case or something as simple as apple magic mouse or peripherals. and everytime you go dealing with them like at a bar or restaurant they try to present the credit card readers backwards if they are males the funny thing to test your manhood how easy you spend money and see if you care or look what they're charging or ripping you off at.
Lyzko 42 | 9,130
7 Apr 2021 #4
Coming from an Anglo-Saxon culture, I can imagine that a formerly Black Market culture could be extremely daunting, to say the least.
Strzelec35 36 | 928
7 Apr 2021 #5
but much of the world is still black market like Morocco or Turkey so i dont get why they still can't be why they care so much about faktury and did such a sudden u turn now wannabe goodie goodies or squares and tight or law abiding with everything supposedly all of a sudden making it hard to make money. like i imagine making a piracy or warez site or an unlicensed **** site with stolen **** from other sites would get them all up and arms now like they're such a changed society or some ****. supposedly unlike ukrianian cops you cant even bribe them now easily. like literally they do fakturas for everything and you can't even work under the table easily for companies online here or have to have some official business for many companies to even work with you or set up a dziallanosc. it's silly even the USA isn't this bureaucratic.
Lyzko 42 | 9,130
7 Apr 2021 #6
An arsenal of Polish though is certainly indispensable, with or without the Black Market:-)
8 Apr 2021 #7
Poland might feel melancholic due to war destruction, ugly post-war architecture, pollution and cloudy weather. So not unlike most of Britain (Leeds) or the Rurh area in Germany. ;)
Lyzko 42 | 9,130
8 Apr 2021 #8
Perhaps, but although it's been a while since I was last in Poland, according to recent webcam footage, the old, drab architecture has changed considerably.
pawian 218 | 22,810
8 Apr 2021 #9
cloudy weather.

yes, it is the main depressant. This motif has been exploited in Polish films and literature many times. "Let`s leave for Italy! Here, the sky looms over your head like a threat. There, it smiles brightly."""
pawian 218 | 22,810
9 Apr 2021 #10
Here, the sky looms over your head

That was a quote from one of my fav books - Nikodem Dyzma`s Career.

Another quote from a rock song by Kazik: Poles are aggressive coz there is no sun for nearly 7 months a year, and no hot summer, always cold and rainy.
Lyzko 42 | 9,130
10 Apr 2021 #11
Rather reminds one a bit of England pre - Global Warming:-) Or how about Sweden LOL
Roibeard79 3 | 39
10 Apr 2021 #12
t's a tough time everywhere at the moment where there are lock downs. Hopefully when summer comes and lockdown and restrictions are lifted it will allow you to explore a bit more and start to enjoy your new home. Firstly I would suggest talking to your partner if not done already. Everyone's experience is different. The language is the hardest part, if you can get some basics at least should help, something I need to do myself!

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