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Fun with Polish: New Year’s Resolutions Posted by on Dec 30, 2008

So… it’s that time of the year again. The time of parties, bigger parties and totally massive parties. What are your plans for New Year’s Eve (Sylwester)? Going anywhere? Doing anything special? We’ll stay at home and watch TV. And then watch our terrified cats as they try to hide under the bed when the…

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Święta, Święta i po Świętach… Posted by on Dec 28, 2008

Soooo…. The shortest day of the year is behind us (that’s a good thing, at least in my book, I like to see daylight for a bit more than just a few hours), Christmas is behind us (that’s a good thing too – no more carp for at least another year, yay!). Now there’s only…

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Polish Christmas Eve: Wigilia Posted by on Dec 23, 2008

Tomorrow is Wigilia (Christmas Eve) and it’s one day that most Polish families take very seriously. I said “most” because some celebrate it in a less traditional way – like at an all-inclusive resort in Madeira or Tenerife, for example. But for most Poles, Wigilia means getting together with their extended family, eating huge amounts…

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It’s Almost Christmas! Posted by on Dec 21, 2008

How’s your Christmas shopping coming along? I haven’t even started mine, to be honest. And if someone asks me why, I’m going to tell them that I’m turning Greek orthodox this year. Speaking of which, these guys have it so easy – everything is on sale for THEIR xmas. Not fair, so not fair… And…

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Good Relationships Posted by on Dec 17, 2008

Relationships are hard. In any language. But in Polish they are even harder. Take the word “relationship,” for example. We all know what it means in English. It’s a fairly straightforward word, even if relationships themselves are not. But such is life… I have relationships with many people. Some are personal, some are less personal…

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Friends Will Be Friends Posted by on Dec 15, 2008

Basia’s comment about the whole przyjaciółka/koleżanka/relationship thing made me think. And she’s right, it IS a very nuanced thing, indeed. In English I refer to approximately 1395 people as my “friends.” Yet, when talking to a Pole, about 1390 of those people are not “friends” (przyjaciółki) but “koleżanki/koledzy” or “znajome/znajomi” or “kumpelki/kumple” and so on…

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The Story Of NIP – the Polish Tax ID Number Posted by on Dec 13, 2008

This post is not a rant, even though it may sound like one. I am simply attempting to explain the issue in a slightly irritated manner. Because I am slightly irritated right now. Numbers always do that to me. Yes, we’ll talk about numbers today. Numbers of the official kind. In most civilized countries, and…

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