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Archive for February, 2010

Two Ears and Two Eyes Posted by on Feb 25, 2010

I was writing something yesterday, in Polish, as it happens, and I almost had a nervous breakdown. Why? Plural forms of “number + noun” combinations are enough to drive anyone insane, even a native Pole. And it all looked so simple! I was talking about body parts, more specifically, those body parts that come in…

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Being Cool (episode 2) Posted by on Feb 22, 2010

Today Adam continues his very fascinating story of the emergence of “cool” in Poland in the 00s. Today we will follow up on being cool and the language of youth in the noughties. It was apparent from episode one, that fashions in this country do change quite rapidly. A new word could suddenly become hot…

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Surviving the First Hello Posted by on Feb 20, 2010

Another totally awesome post by our resident guest blogger – Adam. We will get back to being cool in Poland in my next post. This time, inspired by the adventures of some newbies to Poland, I would like to tackle the issue of being polite. The rules on how you behave vary from country to…

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Środa Popielcowa – Ash Wednesday Posted by on Feb 17, 2010

So…. Karnawał (carnival) is over! No more parties, no more dancing, no more drinking until you fall down under the table. It’s all about somber (and sober) penance now. Yes, today was Środa Popielcowa (Ash Wednesday), and in a country as Catholic as Poland that is indeed an important observance. The beginning of Wielki Post…

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Sympathy for “Sympatia” Posted by on Feb 15, 2010

Valentine’s Day (walentynki) came and went and I hope it was a pleasant occasion for you with czekoladki (chocolates), kwiatki (flowers) and romantyczna kolacyjka (romantic dinner). (Yes, all of the above are diminutive nouns, but that’s how we would say it). What this Valentine’s Day made me realize was how confusing the word “sympatia” is…

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Being Cool (episode 1): A Short History of “Lans” Posted by on Feb 11, 2010

Today Adam Blomberg, our new permanent (I sure hope so! – hint, hint, nudge, nudge) guest blogger decided to show us just how far behind the times us old farts are. 🙂 This is what the cool kids in Poland did in the 00s, apparently. Read on: As in every country and every city there…

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Why Polish Feminine Nouns Can Be Confusing Posted by on Feb 9, 2010

Adam’s post about feminine endings for occupations and positions held by women made me think about feminine gender nouns in general. That proposed ending “-a” makes it very easy to assume that Polish feminine nouns should end in “-a”. And yes, many indeed do. But not all. There are some nouns that even though they…

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