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First English teaching job in Poland (Katowice)


Polishcleaner
16 Aug 2015 #61
I am hoping to improve my English to become a teacher in good time. I am a cleaner and feel similar to the American Dream that we call all strive to be better jobs and prosperity.
OP daytona0 3 | 10
16 Aug 2015 #62
@ Atch Thanks for the heads up! I'll give it a try, cautiously optimistic that it won't be too bad because I get along ok with "working class" people in this country. Have to wait and see what happens!
Polishcleaner
16 Aug 2015 #63
To Daytona, that is because your physical makeup is that of a working class person, in other words, you look working class.
OP daytona0 3 | 10
16 Aug 2015 #64
Haha, we have a Polish cleaner in my current work. Is that you?!

I don't look working class, I just live near a working class area (and have also taught/volunteered in mainstream UK primary schools in these areas)
Polishcleaner
16 Aug 2015 #65
Keep telling yourself you don't look working class mate. ;-)
Wulkan - | 3,203
16 Aug 2015 #66
They take the gym pretty seriously

Is that your husband's excuse why he has way smaller muscles than them? I'm quite good pool player, I hope the English don't say that Polish take this game too seriously after I kick their ass... sigh

Some of the younger people are quite friendly and curious about Western Europe.

They are also interested in Eastern Europe, I've never been to Ukraine and I'm quite curious how is the life there.

Wroclaw, Gdansk, Poznan, Krakow are kind of ok but small and rather provincial.

Krakow small? I must have been to a different Krakow then. It is nice city after all.
InPolska 9 | 1,816
17 Aug 2015 #67
@Wulkan: yes, it's small and very provincial in mentality Depends upon what you've been used to ;). I have lived all my life in huge multi-cultural cities with millions of people and millions of things to do and to see.
smurf 39 | 1,971
17 Aug 2015 #68
Nowt wrong with Katowice. They have fixed it up nice now that I have left

Damn straight, place is on the up. More and more people moving here, wages are the highest in the land.
Even has more football clubs.....maybe that's not such a good thing, but at least the option is there.
3 in the top league, 3 in the 1st division.

All Warsaw has is Legia, and they're the ultimate in scum.

it's small and very provincial in mentality Depends upon what you've been used to

No, it's not, you are wrong again.
I love the way you look down on everyone, really paints a descriptive painting of the person you are.
Atch 22 | 4,111
17 Aug 2015 #69
Is that your husband's excuse why he has way smaller muscles than them?

He's pretty well built actually, used to box in Poland, was a great gymnast in his youth, still likes to work out and runs a few times a week. He's always been physically active for the fitness,not for his appearance. He says it's also for his mental health. He just feels better when he's active. As for the 'serious' guys in the gym,you know quite well Wulkan, the kind of Polish guy I'm talking about (and not just Poles, they're everywhere but there are a lot of them in Poland and Eastern Europe). I call them Warsaw Pact heads (head is Dublin slang for a random guy, Smurf will know the word, I have a feeling he's a Dub). The shaved head, the tatoos, the stare, the swagger, the shouldering people out of the way when they walk down the street.

They are also interested in Eastern Europe

Yes, but the OP is from England so I was just making the point that in my experience people I've met are interested in where I come from and they ask me about Ireland so I imagine they'll ask John a bit about England. That's all. You do sound like a bit of a cross-patch. I'm afraid Wulkan that you're perpetuating a Polish stereotype, the touchy, narky Pole, taking umbrage for no reason whatsoever.
smurf 39 | 1,971
17 Aug 2015 #70
Smurf will know the word, I have a feeling he's a Dub)

Howaya head, ya well?
;)
Atch 22 | 4,111
17 Aug 2015 #71
Howaya head, now that's classic Dublinese. The Dubs, a great bunch o' lads! Can't imagine what life is like for a Dub in Katowice.....
smurf 39 | 1,971
17 Aug 2015 #72
Can't imagine what life is like for a Dub in Katowice

Ah, I'm not really though, I'm a Yellow Belly, chap from Kildare knocks around here too, and sure I spent most of me life in Dublin so I picked up the lingo.

Kato's grand...especially in the summer/autumn. Grim as f!ck in the winter, but sure in fairness, the whole of Poland is a grim borefest during the winter unless you live in the mountains and can ski.

Ah it's grand though, was an awful kip when I landed here first, way better now. Swear to god I've an Italian buddy here and he says there's a restaurant here called Len Arte, chap says it's the best pizza he's ever had....that's good enough for me :P
delphiandomine 88 | 18,163
17 Aug 2015 #73
the whole of Poland is a grim borefest during the winter unless you live in the mountains and can ski.

Or you go to the mountains, try and snowboard and end up on your face for two days straight. ;)

I love Karkonosze in winter though.
smurf 39 | 1,971
17 Aug 2015 #74
go to the mountains, try and snowboard and end up on your face for two days straight

hell yes, and bimber, many bimbers!
bullfrog 6 | 602
18 Aug 2015 #75
True, Krakow is only Poland's former capital city, home to one of the oldest universities in Europe and a leading centre of Polish academic, cultural, and artistic life.. Not good enough for Mrs Know All..


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