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Does Polish society accept new people especially those not from Poland


Seanus 15 | 19,706
23 Dec 2011 #31
Yes but English has been compulsory in Polish schools for quite some time now. They claim to speak Russian or German but I'm pretty sure their command of those languages is piecemeal.

More addressing the thread, I feel that Poles also react strangely to other Poles too. It's not like they welcome one another with open arms in the countryside and shun all foreigners. In a sense, Poles are strangers too unless part of the local community with which to share pleasantries.
Harry
23 Dec 2011 #32
most of my friends didnt learn english, and come from small villages/towns.most of my friends speak russian/and or german

I understand that the quality of teaching of Russian in small towns/villages is far better than the quality of teaching of English.
pam
23 Dec 2011 #33
Yes but English has been compulsory in Polish schools for quite some time now

i am sure you are correct, but my closest friends come from a small village on the ukraine border,they are 27 and 32. they didnt learn english at school.neither did older friends.how long has english been compulsory in polish schools? blimey,i am really ignorant...:)
delphiandomine 85 | 18,266
23 Dec 2011 #34
Yes but English has been compulsory in Polish schools for quite some time now.

English isn't obligatory. A foreign language is obligatory from the 4th class, and a 2nd foreign language from the 7th class. Apart from that, there's no restriction on what language, provided it's available as a Matura subject.

I know plenty of people who did language pairs such as French/German for instance.

I understand that the quality of teaching of Russian in small towns/villages is far better than the quality of teaching of English.

Without a shadow of a doubt. English was (to the best of my knowledge) usually only taught in the best schools in the PRL-era, and there are still plenty of Russian teachers around.
pam
23 Dec 2011 #35
Also, once you learn to understand Polish you realize they can be pretty brusque with each other too

understand this one completely but it took me ages to work this out!
Seanus 15 | 19,706
23 Dec 2011 #36
Let me rephrase that. Two languages are required and, according to statistics, 75% opt for English. Most should have some basic English to call upon.
Harry
23 Dec 2011 #37
Without a shadow of a doubt. English was (to the best of my knowledge) usually only taught in the best schools in the PRL-era, and there are still plenty of Russian teachers around.

Exactly, and those Russian teachers tend to have bags of experience but with so few jobs teaching Russian out there, they tend to have take the less 'attractive' posts (i.e. villages and small towns).
Wroclaw 44 | 5,387
23 Dec 2011 #38
this thread is not about teachers
Seanus 15 | 19,706
23 Dec 2011 #39
But it is about the reluctance to use the language in certain parts. It's pretty much the same the world over. Teuchters is what we call those from the countryside and it automatically draws lines of division. Breaking the mould in the countryside is tough.

Still, it's easier being white as black folk would likely be viewed with more suspicion.
OP tomjustyna 3 | 19
24 Dec 2011 #40
ok folks id like to wish you all a happy christmas and a peaceful new year

Merged: I'm here 2 months on going ok

I had previously posted here about moving to poland, and news so far is its going ok.
I wont say its easy by any means and have found within the english teaching game so many cowboys.
I haven't been divorced yet and when we moved here I laid down ground rules with regard to who is involved in the upbringing of our child to my suprise with the full backing off my wife, I wont say it was taken well by the inlaws but least clear lines were drawn from day one.
milky 13 | 1,657
12 Feb 2012 #41
What are you trying to say??


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