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Is it true that Polish don't like small talk?


black5wan 4 | 6
20 Jan 2013 #1
Is it true that Polish don't like small talk?
zetigrek
20 Jan 2013 #2
Of course they do - the Polish equivalent for small talk is moaning :)
Richfilth 6 | 415
20 Jan 2013 #3
Pretty much yes, they hate it. In lifts, shops and buses you won't engage in a chat about the weather with someone next to you. If you try and spark up a conversation with a cashier you'll get a tired stare that will tell you to shut up.

On the flip side, it's more than acceptable to meet your neighbours and chat to them in the street if you bump into them; how was your summer, how was Christmas, isn't this terrible snow blah blah blah. But expect it to revolve around how awful absolutely everything in the universe is - that's the favourite topic of Poles.

However, this may be a biased view. Coffee shop workers and receptionists may chat with a foreigner more because it's a novelty, or the mistakes we (I) make in Polish are entertaining. Other people, like post office workers, don't have the time or the energy to waste on frivolous chit-chat.
Wulkan - | 3,251
20 Jan 2013 #4
But expect it to revolve around how awful absolutely everything in the universe is - that's the favourite topic of Poles.

well, moaning is our national sport, we're the best at this ;-)
OP black5wan 4 | 6
20 Jan 2013 #5
nice, I can relate to moaning away about how everything is absolutely awful under the sun moon stars ! :)
InWroclaw 89 | 1,915
20 Jan 2013 #6
What a shame Polish TV didn't buy One Foot In The Grave from the BBC. Maybe they should now?

youtube.com/watch?v=jrsNT8lx_cs

youtube.com/watch?v=46flaThCYhE

youtube.com/watch?v=rlhBVlyWWyQ
OP black5wan 4 | 6
26 Jan 2013 #7
What a shame Polish TV didn't buy One Foot In The Grave from the BBC. Maybe they should now?

moaning about moaning about moaning :)

and i exploded at the toilet bowl scene


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