Yesterday I went to a Euro Food Store in Naples, I was excited to find a Polish store, I asked the lady if she spoke Polish, in Polish, she said yes, but when I started to speak Polish to her, she behaved like she didn't understand me and scurried away from behind the counter. Then she ignored me completely and when someone spoke English to her a few minutes later, she responded in English with a heavy Polish accent?
I had encountered this before in IL and CT people pretending to forget their native language.
Sorry I won't believe it, especially when your accent is as heavy as hers was.
I have been here (raised in Chicago, moved to CT -because I fell in love) since I was 9 years old, went to all American schools, college in the UK, I still speak Polish pretty great. I also write it with only a few mistakes and I welcome corrections. Linguistic skills are very important to me, so I do not get offended when someone tries to help. I have no problem speaking Polish or English depending on the company I am in.
Why would anyone be ashamed of speaking such beautiful language, Kocham Polske i kocham Polski jezyk :)
Jestem Gniazdowska, moja rodzina jest z Gniezna, i jedna z najstarszych rodzin w Polsce.
Jestem Dumna ze jestem Polka <3 Napisalabym lepiej, ale mam Amerykanska keyboard i nie mam Polskich literek :/
Fisherman49 I was born in Poland (Warsaw) but I also grew up in Chicago, close to Central Pk and Milwaukee Ave, Huge Polish community, everyone spoke Polish and many Polish churches :) The entire Milwaukee Ave was Polish, stores, grocers, flowers, pharmacies, natural (healthfood-back to nature) stores, all Polish :) Sadly it is not so any more :/ It started changing and everything is in Spanish now, the Polish people moved away to the suburbs or other states, the entire community fell apart and got scattered :/ I know exactly what you mean :) It used to be so nice, even most of the kids and teachers in grammar school spoke Polish :)
I have not found such community anywhere else in any state. I lived in CT for 6 years and I had heard there was such a community in Great Britain CT it was 80 miles each way and I always "planned" to go, but it never happened, I so regret that now. You always think you have time, grab life by the tail, never waste a minute, never miss an opportunity, never put anything off, it's a waste, really. I am looking here after I moved, but I have only been here a few days, so I am not losing hope yet :) Wish there were farmers markets here too because I only buy from local farmers. I hate grocery store foods, I am such an activist when it comes to genetically altered food and that is what they sell to people in grocery stores, from produce to meat and farm raised fish with altered genes, why would anyone eat that garbage? Polish food is completely natural, no preservatives, if it says smoked, it means smoked naturally (no "smoke flavor" added) always fresh and juicy, and if you love the old country flavor, when you bite into a fruit or a veggie, you must shop at local farm or a farmers market. Take care of what you put in to your body :) I am a very conscious shopper <3 Kocham was moi Rodacy. Grazka