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Heading Into Town Posted by on Oct 30, 2009

The other day I was getting ready to go out and do some shopping, and because we live a bit outside the city center (ok, more than a bit, we live in the sticks) I said that I was going to town – do miasta. Idę do miasta. However, a friend who just happened to…

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Poles and kombinowanie Posted by on Oct 27, 2009

Today we will tackle something that is a bit controversial. Or maybe not, I guess it all depends on your point of view. But we’ll see. I really don’t like sweeping generalizations, though that doesn’t stop me in making them myself from time to time, to be perfectly honest. So most of the time when…

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Kapuśniak – Cabbage Soup Posted by on Oct 24, 2009

There are many definitions and examples of comfort food – I’m pretty sure that every culture has its very own typical dishes that fall into this category. And one thing is certain, when you’re sick you crave that yummy, comforting goodness. And I am and I do. But what do I crave? Kapuśniak (cabbage soup)…

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Readers Ask – I Answer: Counting Things in Polish Posted by on Oct 22, 2009

I was going to stay in bed and marinate under the covers for one more day (yes, my cold has morphed into a full-blown bronchitis now) but a reader’s email made me crawl out to face the enemy. The email had that panicky and ominous tone making it sound as if the intergalactic victory of…

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Przeziębienie – a common cold strikes again Posted by on Oct 18, 2009

I’m so sorry this post is late, but I have a very good excuse – I’m sick. Totally and utterly sick. Not the new flu (thankfully), but the whole nine yards nevertheless: katar (runny nose), kaszel (cough), ból gardła (sore throat) and everything else that comes with it. In other words – przeziębienie (a common…

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Zimno i mokro (cold and wet) Posted by on Oct 15, 2009

With all this recent excitement over Bielsko Biała, I totally forgot that yesterday (wczoraj, 14 października) was Dzień Nauczyciela (Teacher’s Day). Now, I’m the first one to admit, I don’t like Dzień Nauczyciela. Never liked it and probably never will. It’s like Dzień Matki (Mother’s Day) – we should respect and honor our teachers (and…

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What do you call a person who lives in Bielsko-Biała? Posted by on Oct 12, 2009

In his comment to the Bielsko-Biała post Mchl posed an interesting question: what do you call a person who lives in Bielsko-Biała? Yeah, indeed… An inhabitant of Gdańsk is called gdańszczanin (masculine; gdańszczanka – feminine). A person who lives in Warsaw? Warszawiak or warszawianin, if a male, and warszawianka, if a female. In Kraków? Krakowiak…

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