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“W internecie” or “na internecie”? Posted by on Jul 31, 2009

So…. The Lexiophiles Best Language Blog contest is over, and this year it was an immense failure for us. Or rather, for me. Last year, Polish Blog came in 6th. This year, 71st. Oh well, I guess the novelty of Polish Blog has worn off, and it’s my fault too, because I haven’t told you…

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Verb Aspect – one more time Posted by on Jul 28, 2009

Agnieszka left a comment asking for help with explaining the difference between pomóc and pomagać (to help), and prosić and poprosić (to ask). And when a reader asks – I dig out my fat Swan’s “Polish Grammar” book and get cranking. We’ve talked about this verb aspect thingie before. Because that’s what it’s called –…

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Anna Goes Back to School – in Łódź Posted by on Jul 24, 2009

I am really glad that so many of you share my opinion about Łódź. That city is a fascinating place, and if I could, I would very probably move there myself. I even like that fact that it’s so hard to get to. But if you are determined to get there, whatever you do, don’t…

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Summer Travels – Łódź Posted by on Jul 22, 2009

Since last time I mentioned summer travels, I thought I’d tell you about what I think is the weirdest city in Poland. Łódź. The place is only some 130 kilometers from Warsaw, but it takes about four to five hours to drive that distance. You can figure out the average speed yourself. Łódź is the…

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Summer Vacation Travels – in Poland or Abroad? Posted by on Jul 19, 2009

So, how’s your summer vacation coming along? Are you having fun? Visiting interesting places and meeting interesting people? And if you don’t have any wakacje this year, how are you spending your time? Wakacje is a sacred tradition in Poland. The break might not be as long or as intense as in some other European…

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Wredna gramatyka – evil grammar Posted by on Jul 16, 2009

When learning a new language, grammar is one of those hideous things that you’re stuck – with regardless of how much you may despise it (or not). Kind of like taxes, as my friend sometimes says. And it seems that when it comes to foreign grammars, Polish rates quite high on the hate-o-meter. I’m not…

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Polish Telenovelas – “Plebania” Posted by on Jul 13, 2009

I had no idea there were that many fans of Polish soaps out there. One of them (fans, not soaps, naturally) turned out to be even my own dad. And then when Barb admitted her polskie seriale addiction, more and more fans started to come out of the woodwork. Some, who emailed me privately, wanted…

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