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What do Poles think of a foreign person who tries to learn Polish

Ziemowit 13 | 4,353
6 Feb 2019 #31
This Russian guy has started learning Polish few years ago

The guy is charming indeed. But the films will not be good for people learning Polish. But a native speaker will find his accent and his comment on learning Polish very amusing and friendly. The guy has a real showman personality.

What was be of interest to me is that he could nott pronounce the word 'sprzęt' properly. His use of the word "chuj" will surely make people laugh as in "moje pierwsze filmy były w chuj słabe" (I think it is a kind of 'rusicism'). He often pronounces c+i rather than ć+i, though he does this properly as well. He seems to be very fond of using the word "zajebisty" ("nagrać zajebisty film" for example).
Lyzko 29 | 7,358
7 Feb 2019 #32
I figured as such, Ziemowit!
Just ribbin' ya, that's all.
Lyzko 29 | 7,358
8 Feb 2019 #33
Poles are always, make that usually, delighted when foreigners take the time and loving care to learn Polish. Only once was I asked why I learned Polish, to which I glibly replied for the same reason no doubt that Poles learn English; in order to communicate.

Stopped her dead in her tracks:-)
Dirk diggler 9 | 4,712
9 Feb 2019 #34
Actually most poles don't care. Poles expect people residing in their country to speak polish. It's not like the us or w Europe where a person can never assimilate and yet the government and citizenry will bend over backwards to accommodate their laziness and on top of it give them money, apartments, food, etc.
9 Feb 2019 #35
Poles are always, make that usually, delighted when foreigners take the time and loving care to learn Polish

My experience has been one of surprise more than anything. They wonder why I'm learning a language I don't need to speak. The usual thing I get asked is if my parents are Polish, especially when I've got chatting to people in Poland. I think most Poles are pleasantly surprised that someone has taken the time and effort to learn their language.
Lyzko 29 | 7,358
9 Feb 2019 #36
Don't "need" to speak??

I reiterate, what language would the average mere mortal speak in Poland, Germany, France, WHEREVER, other than the language of the country?
After the initial novelty slowly wears off of hearing an English script perfectly imitated by some attractive young thing at the front reception desk of the Warsaw Hilton looking forward to American tourist dollar, not knowing at least bare minimum daily Polish for comfortable transactions would be for me a nightmare.
10 Feb 2019 #37
Don't "need" to speak??

I don't live in Poland, so no, I don't need to speak the language as such. It is advantageous, as is speaking any other language, but it's not like I have to use it on a daily basis.
Lyzko 29 | 7,358
10 Feb 2019 #38
Fair enough, Chem. Now I got your meaning:-)
10 Feb 2019 #39
I thought it was pretty clear to start with to be honest! ;)
Ironside 50 | 11,001
10 Feb 2019 #40
@Chemikiem, well after all English is a second language for Lyzko.
Lyzko 29 | 7,358
10 Feb 2019 #41
Not to me, Chem, but then what do I know:-)

@Ironside, you know plain well that English is my first language and that I know it far better than you ever will, so pipe down!
dolnoslask 6 | 3,085
10 Feb 2019 #42
English is my first language

So where are you from, American English ?.
Lyzko 29 | 7,358
10 Feb 2019 #43
?? What sort of grammar is that, dolno? "Do you SPEAK American English?" Doubtless just a typoLOL

Yes, indeed I do...perfectly:-) German and English are essentially my native languages.
dolnoslask 6 | 3,085
11 Feb 2019 #44
Yes, indeed I do...perfectly

Don't ask me about that they didnt let me into grammar school:), so what I am asking is where you were born , brought up?
Lyzko 29 | 7,358
11 Feb 2019 #45
New York, USA!!!...until I was in my late teens, that is.
Dirk diggler 9 | 4,712
12 Feb 2019 #46
I love some of the Poglish words I hear amongst Polams especially those in the trades - two by fory, siding, facebuka (or just facie), railingi, inszura, weekendy, etc. Basically English with an y, a, ro'w, ie, etc at the end and spoken with a Polish accent
Lyzko 29 | 7,358
12 Feb 2019 #47
I do too. They sound so, well, foreign:-)

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