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Seanus 15 | 19,706
2 Feb 2010 #31
you always deflect criticism of Poland onto other countries and divert attention

I agree, it's more typical in Britain but this isn't about Britain, is it?

you think foreigners' criticism is without foundation

you have some issues about where your country stands in the overall scheme of things

you, once again, feel the need to deflect attention from any faults here ;) ;)
EchoTheCat - | 137
2 Feb 2010 #32
you feel that it is ok not to say thanks when getting meals etc from foreigners.

I think I don't understand..... I'm trying...really hard but...nope I don't. Please explain those meals from foreigners :)))
Gaa 2 | 155
2 Feb 2010 #33
you always deflect criticism of Poland onto other countries and divert attention

no, we don't.

you think foreigners' criticism is without foundation

we believe it is so scottish to think so.

you have some issues about where your country stands in the overall scheme of things

ok perhaps but the french are much much worse with this

you, once again, feel the need to deflect attention from any faults here ;) ;)

what a beautiful day today
frd 7 | 1,399
2 Feb 2010 #34
I agree, it's more typical in Britain but this isn't about Britain, is it?

I though this thread was about expats becoming more and more polish, about certain polish traits that foreign expats in Poland start to show after a prolong time spent with Polish people.
Myszolow 3 | 157
2 Feb 2010 #35
You are Polish if...

Well I certainly didn't interpret that the way you did frd. I thought it was a list of someone's observations of characteristics commonly exhibited by Poles.
Lir
2 Feb 2010 #36
You are Polish if...

That's so true :) You summed it up well. I can identify with most things mentioned on there and this one in particular from

-you check twice whether you locked the car/front door
and a few more

Definitely LOL........that was my Mom.......I always used to think she was too security conscious I never realised it was a Polish thing......:))

I must admit i do check twice always <so it is inherited then > < hehe>

I love this thread :)
Seanus 15 | 19,706
3 Feb 2010 #37
Echo, I know of 3 separate instances and posters on here have alluded to it.

Gaa, who has more posts than the 2nd, 3rd and 4th posters combined? Yes, me. I know the forum better than most and I see it almost every time that Poles deflect comments to have a dig at Brits so don't be tellin me what's what. They can't keep focussing on the criticism so they hack elsewhere.

Oh, you've heard of Scotland. That's a start! The post office staff here haven't. Go on! Like Spock, I'm all ears.

I wasn't talking about the French and you are doing it again. Stop diverting the focus away from the thread.

Maybe by your standards so all power 2 ya.

Ready for some more criticism? No, you can't take any and that's so evident.

What really gets me here is the posters who are generally pro-Poland take just one dig and they have an army on top of them. Like Admin said, get over the fact that it isn't paradise here.

I have many Polish friends and talk Poland up a lot. If you can't deal with a little provocation in life, you will be like a helix, wound up to the max. Rozładuj się, proszę :)
Tymoteusz 2 | 353
3 Feb 2010 #38
When an english word ends in "ing" you pronounce it "ink".

eg. how are you do-ink.
frd 7 | 1,399
3 Feb 2010 #39
Well I certainly didn't interpret that the way you did frd. I thought it was a list of someone's observations of characteristics commonly exhibited by Poles.

Most of the things pgtx mentioned in the first post seemed lightheartened, rather comical, along the nudge nudge wink wink lines, hence I interpreted it that way. Another thing adding to that was the fact that there were/are plenty of threads about "average generalized Pole" so a thread about expats getting Polish traits would be a breath of fresh air and something pretty interesting and entertaining... anyways nevermind, I take it all you guys in your posts were writing about yourselves ;)
Bzibzioh
3 Feb 2010 #40
If you can't deal with a little provocation in life, you will be like a helix, wound up to the max.

There is a cultural difference in attitudes, with Slavic acceptance of ambiguity sitting uneasily beside an Anglo-Saxon need to explain everything. I don't want to stigmatize at all but I think the Protestant, liberal, Anglo-Saxon character means you are very pragmatic. There has to be a cause for everything, a gene for everything.
f stop 25 | 2,513
3 Feb 2010 #41
... if you always have seat covers in your car
... drink 15 cups of tea per day
... will pick up a discarded broken bicycle and try to fix it, even if you don't need another one
... have to have a live plant in the window
... don't mind cabbage or potatoes with every dinner
... think all American desserts are too sweet
... throw away the cap after you open a bottle of wódka
... do not like to wash your hair every day
... compulsively shop for and send post cards on your vacations
... think any breeze is a draft and it will be the death of you
... ask for a cocktail with no ice
matteroftaste
3 Feb 2010 #42
You are Polish if...

drink alcohol at the "kiosk"? just kiddin'
f stop 25 | 2,513
3 Feb 2010 #43
and
... start putting the entire contents of your refrigerator on the table the moment you hear a knock on the door.
asik 2 | 220
3 Feb 2010 #44
Some people put some very weird examples, could you explain what do you mean by:

You are Polish if:

you feel that it is ok not to say thanks when getting meals etc from foreigners.

or this one

... start putting the entire contents of your refrigerator on the table the moment you hear a knock on the door.

because I don't get it????
f stop 25 | 2,513
3 Feb 2010 #45
oh, whenever you come to Polish home, they insist on putting out food - at least some appetizers - to welcome you. That's why I always joke that in Poland it is more polite to visit during meals. It saves hostess some work.

I don't know what Seanus means. Everyone I know always says thank you when getting up from the table.
asik 2 | 220
3 Feb 2010 #46
oh, whenever you come to Polish home, they insist on putting out food - at least some appetizers - to welcome you

Now I get it :)
z_darius 14 | 3,968
3 Feb 2010 #47
you feel that it is ok not to say thanks when getting meals etc from foreigners.

I'm also puzzled by this one.
Perhaps you confuse blow jobs with meals? If so, you should be the one saying thank you ;)
Gaa 2 | 155
3 Feb 2010 #48
Seanus

take it easy.i was joking. i thought it wasn't so difficult to notice. i was being a little sarcastic but i am so.it wasn;t supposed to be an attack at you.

i just think that some things are typical for humans all over the world so we can't say that they are typical for poland

and yes, i heard of scotland once.

i can take criticism and i can be critical of poland too. i just don't like trolls who aren't even signed up and they come here to take out their bitterness on others.

Rozładuj się, proszę :)

jestem totalnie rozładowana:)
Mr Grunwald 19 | 1,542
3 Feb 2010 #49
Most of the points were very valid (quite shocked myself) but some are totally alien for me (like 3-5 of em)
I AM POLISH?! :O
emmajo 3 | 19
3 Feb 2010 #50
you check twice whether you locked the car/front door
and a few more

Definitely LOL........that was my Mom.......I always used to think she was too security conscious I never realised it was a Polish thing......:))

Nope, not just a Polish thing. Me and my mum have gone out and she's sent me back to check that the door is locked...even after she has tried it 2 or 3 times before we left!!!!!
Seanus 15 | 19,706
4 Feb 2010 #51
you love family get-togethers but cringe when the teściowa comes along

you insist on using all possible combinations of the verb jechać

you stand right behind sb at a zebra crossing

you think that all Asians are the same

you believe exams to be super important
Honest George 1 | 105
4 Feb 2010 #52
... you pee and crap in the lakes and forests and think this is acceptable behavior.
scrappleton - | 830
4 Feb 2010 #53
crap in the lakes

You've observed this firsthand?
Honest George 1 | 105
4 Feb 2010 #54
Yes I have seen " floaters ".... DISGUSTING, I must say.

Some lakes are closed to bathers in the summer due to contamination.
scrappleton - | 830
4 Feb 2010 #55
LOL.. Let me get this straight.. you were swimming or on the shore and observed some Polish guys swimiming and grunting and later there were turds floating by them?
Honest George 1 | 105
4 Feb 2010 #56
This is hardly the place to go into great detail over this issue, but yes, you,re not far from the point.
Barney 14 | 1,472
4 Feb 2010 #57
you were swimming

He was going through the motions.
Myszolow 3 | 157
4 Feb 2010 #58
Load of crap if you ask me. ;)
f stop 25 | 2,513
5 Feb 2010 #59
Those are lazy contributions. How about making an effort and coming up with a Polish trait to amuse the rest of us?
scrappleton - | 830
5 Feb 2010 #60
This is hardly the place to go into great detail over this issue, but yes, you,re not far from the point.

Hmm most people get embarrased should somebody be spying on them while they defecate. I must thus doubt your story. But what the hell it was amusing to envision it.


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