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Archive for January, 2009

More Perfective and Imperfective Goodness Posted by on Jan 13, 2009

Pinolona gave us a list of several verbs that cause her a lot of grief. And I would assume, not only her. They cause me a lot of grief, too. Up until very recently, I never really paid much attention to Polish verbs. I mean, what was there to pay attention to? You stick a…

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Co się tutaj stało? – What happened here? Posted by on Jan 10, 2009

In the comments to the previous post, Yellerbelly made a very valid point regarding “co się stało?” He said that he thought it meant “what’s wrong?” I think it’s a reflection of our collective Polish psyche that something so innocent as “what happened” can imply “what’s wrong?” in our language. Just goes to show you…

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Using the Polish Się, Part 1 Posted by on Jan 8, 2009

Are you ready for another installment of Polish grammar? No? Don’t worry, I’m not ready either. We’ll get through it together. A couple of posts back I started to talk about “się.” That was when I told you how this little word could alter the meaning of a verb. You have a verb without “się”…

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The Question of Prussia Posted by on Jan 6, 2009

A few weeks ago one of the readers made a comment about Prussia. A family member of hers claimed to have Prussian ancestry, not Polish. Personally, I find this statement a bit odd, but that’s just me, OK? Prussia, Prusy in Polish (a.k.a. Germany, or one of its many incarnations) was a neighbor of Poland…

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Teach and Learn Polish Posted by on Jan 3, 2009

I was talking to my friend today, and as always, she does her best to express herself in Polish. She’s been studying the language for quite some time now, and generally does a very good job when writing in Polish. However, when it comes to speaking, things can get a bit confusing at times. Today…

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