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Poles speaking English - examples


mafketis 20 | 7,317
20 Oct 2011  #31
I would much rather that Polish diplomats use Polish and qualified interpreters rather than trying to use English. I'd make an exception for those with substantial life experience in anglophone countries but it's too dangerous to try diplomacy in a foreign language (it's far too easy to agree to something you didn't intend to or don't fully understand).

The only alternative would be for Poland to self-colonize and make English the number one priority of the entire education system (like a lot of former british colonies do). But that's not a good strategy either.
Natasa 1 | 580
20 Oct 2011  #32
(it's far too easy to agree to something you didn't intend to or don't fully understand).

Not understanding in diplomacy? Even with average English that would have to be on really lousy diplomat not to read the written or told accurately.
mafketis 20 | 7,317
20 Oct 2011  #33
I guess I would be a lousy diplomat (despite being a native speaker of English) cause I can't understand what you're trying to say....
OP pawian 161 | 9,906
20 Oct 2011  #34
Former President Aleksander Kwaśniewski:

youtu.be/rP5_rwsaxHI

Former Education Minister in PiS government, Roman Giertych is presenting the main goals of his program:

youtu.be/JMVHTXq14jY

Grzegorz Lato, chairman of Polish Football Association:
Ironside 48 | 9,788
20 Oct 2011  #35
I would much rather that Polish diplomats use Polish and qualified interpreters rather than trying to use English.

I agree with you that would be logical and normal. However they are playing for Polish audience, for them it seems a fact that politician can speak a foreign language is very important - ignorants.
isthatu2 4 | 2,708
21 Oct 2011  #36
Prove it!

Fantastic Tactics, I doff my hat to you sir, challange a Dyslexic non Graduatist to prove you do not need to be an English language graduate to speak perfik engerlish...

TBH, Ive listened to a lot of the posted example.....you are all making a mountain out of a mole hill, as a native speaker we just adjust our ears to different accents anyway as the following links may prove;

youtube.com/watch?v=8k7VoFiagfs

youtube.com/watch?v=U4yeqSgNxiE

And a guide to the scouser alphabet,keep ears peeled for the letter C ;)

youtube.com/watch?v=sBYlXfjKru4
FUZZYWICKETS 8 | 1,884
21 Oct 2011  #37
Roman Giertych: barely understandable and is reading directly from his notes. he can't speak english.

Grzegorz Lato: you must be kidding even posting that.

Kwaskniewski: at the very least, he isn't reading directly off his notes the entire time. he mentions a Q and A session but he never does it. granted i was FF a bit but it would have been interesting to see if he would even understand the questions being asked of him and if he would be able to say something that isn't pre-prepared. for an older dude though, this isn't a bad example. i still think though that a man that was president of a european country for 10 years should speak much better english than that.
Ironside 48 | 9,788
21 Oct 2011  #38
Just a question: How well presidents of USA can speak Spanish?
FUZZYWICKETS 8 | 1,884
21 Oct 2011  #39
Presidents of the USA haven't had any reason to learn Spanish.
JonnyM 11 | 2,621
21 Oct 2011  #40
Just a question: How well presidents of USA can speak Spanish?

Probably quite a few of them. Certainly there have been plenty of French-speakers among them.
Lyzko
21 Oct 2011  #41
Fuzzywickets, since our US neighbor closest to our southern borders is Mexico, I'd say the push to learn at least basic Spanish is as strong as a European's to learn English.
FUZZYWICKETS 8 | 1,884
21 Oct 2011  #42
that's laughable.

europeans need english to communicate with their neighbors as well as do international business. if you travel to Sweden, what language do you speak? what about Switzerland? what about Belgium? Portugal?

i fail to recognize how learning spanish for an american has the same urgency or level of importance. most americans want nothing to do with Mexico and the ones that actually visit Mexico only go to sit at a resort and get a sun tan and drink all day.....and everyone at the hotel speaks english. how accommodating.

16% of Americans are of latino descent and the vast majority of them are perfectly fluent in both spanish and english. for that tiny group that doesn't speak english, they're mostly illegal anyhow.
OP pawian 161 | 9,906
21 Oct 2011  #43
Chicago Pole repels the gator attack.
OP pawian 161 | 9,906
22 Oct 2011  #45
So you can join the Forfiter/Predator qurva fan club:

Sayings which became cult proverbs:
1. gona giwem a cziken
2. gary mów ałt
3. bierz tą ku*wa kurę

terri 1 | 1,624
22 Oct 2011  #46
Chicago Pole repels the gator attack
...it's the best I've seen for a very long ltime. Laughed so much I nearly peed in my knicks....
OP pawian 161 | 9,906
1 Aug 2012  #47
Click on Let`s Twist Again on this site by a Polish party music group from Silesia

klikadamika.eu/muzyka.html

JK speaks Neglish:
gumishu 11 | 5,015
11 Jan 2013  #48
I thought you were at least serious pawian but I cannot take you seriously after such stupid posts
OP pawian 161 | 9,906
11 Jan 2013  #49
gumi, don` be silly. :):):):):)
gumishu 11 | 5,015
11 Jan 2013  #50
the film is plain primitive - if you don't find it primitive I don't know what's primitive for you
Bromberger - | 3
16 Jan 2013  #51
I wonder why our national PiS-PO battle is taking place even here?
Rysavy 10 | 308
16 Jan 2013  #52
Chicago Pole repels the gator attack

OMG!! I am sooo glad someone necro'd this thread..that clip turned my entire bad day back to reset!
An oh my! the things he called that gator..he kiss his momma with that mouth?

In an aside; My BF speaks very good english most days (his accent does creep in heavier when he is very tired or sick. And certain words get tripped now and then.) his written is pretty high level. And his learning was informal at first..lol..gaming and the internet. It is getting more polished now that he jumped into skype with my radio station buddies and we talk daily.
Wulkan - | 3,251
12 Aug 2014  #53
kuba wojewodzki took the **** out of dear eva for months after her little speech

Well, that was kind of well deserved.
OP pawian 161 | 9,906
28 Sep 2015  #54
Though Donald Tusk was able to learn how to speak for an arranged interview

youtu.be/1dDRs2uWiRU

he seems a bit lost when running a live discussion
Lyzko 23 | 6,627
29 Sep 2015  #55
Duda was just in Greenpoint, Bklyn. Although he doubtless spoke only Polish during his brief trip to visit the Polish-American community, apparently he doesn't really speak English. Perhaps some conversational German??

:-)
OP pawian 161 | 9,906
29 Sep 2015  #56
He spoke English in Britain. Cameron even praised Duda for his language skills.

But I laughed my head off when he welcomed the audience in the church with Excellent Ghasts! at 0:07

youtu.be/IWDdXjaFISw
Lyzko 23 | 6,627
29 Sep 2015  #57
Apropos this thread, how about Poles WRITING/POSTING English right here on PF??! Admittedly, a thread called "Foreigners speaking Polish - examples" might well yield similar guffaws, the present thread reveals the problems and pitfalls Poles ( as well as others) have with English.

Did I not recount the (true) instance of the Greek waiter who, upon hearing from my lips the compliment "Excellent, waiter!" on his speedy service, promptly brought me "egg salad", for which though I of course wasn't charged??

LOL
OP pawian 161 | 9,906
26 Aug 2019  #58
Though Donald Tusk was able to learn how to speak for an arranged interview, he seems a bit lost when running a live discussion

That was in 2015. Tusk has made an incredible progress since then. Despite a heavy accent, he communicates with world leaders freely.

Tusk at G7 conference.



Lyzko 23 | 6,627
26 Aug 2019  #59
I think Tusk might well be the historic exception to the rule.
Until quite recently, Polish leaders exclusively spoke only their own language and
required an interpreter at all state functions:-)

The former interpreter for Cyranewicz and Gierek was the late brother of my second Polish teacher.
Miloslaw 6 | 2,288
26 Aug 2019  #60
. Tusk has made an incredible progress since then

Tusk is a Poish traitor.
He doesn't care for Poland.
All he cares about is The EU.
He is an untrustworthy pig with his snout in The EU trough.


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