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Spring Allergies – Wiosenne alergie Posted by on Mar 31, 2010

Wiosna. Spring. Just the sound of this word alone makes my eyes red and my throat itch. And what it does to my nose is so vile that it shouldn’t be mentioned in public. Yes, it’s that time of the year again – allergy season. And as I’m getting older, it seems that my spring…

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The Untranslatables – episode 1: Politics Posted by on Mar 28, 2010

Today Adam (what a brave guy) tackles some totally incomprehensible to me political language. Yes, Poles sure do love their politics, and I, for one, am very glad that we have Adam to write about this. Because, frankly, I’d rather chew my leg off and bleed to death than talk politics. To understand Polish you…

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Visiting – part 2 Posted by on Mar 24, 2010

Since Adam’s post about going z wizytą (to visit someone) is proving quite popular (to read it, check the previous entry on the blog), let me expand on it a bit. The “cut your meat before eating” stuff is confusing some readers. Sorry. In retrospect I realize it should have been phrased somewhat differently. OK…

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Visiting – the rules Posted by on Mar 22, 2010

Today Adam explains what to do and what to expect if you’re going to visit a Polish person in his/her natural habitat. Read on: Continuing the topic of advice for travelers and the occasional foreigner living in Poland, this time I decided to follow your suggestions and cover visiting someone at home (iść w gości)…

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Doctors without borders – Healthcare in Poland Posted by on Mar 18, 2010

Today, our resident guest blogger – Adam – tells us all sorts of useful stuff about healthcare in Poland. Let’s face it, things usually go very wrong in the least appropriate moments. This post will try to explain the basics of Polish healthcare system (just in case), and feed you some useful vocabulary along the…

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From Readers’ Comments – How to tell someone off Posted by on Mar 15, 2010

One of our American readers was bragging in the comments section not so long ago that “i can honestly say polish is one of the easiest languages ive learned so far. its not harder than any other language” (punctuation and spelling his, not mine). And then he went on to say that: “people that tell…

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Talking About Travel Posted by on Mar 12, 2010

Adam’s last post about different vacation options in Poland made me think about travel in general. Podróże (travels, journeys, trips) is a plural noun. Singular – podróż (feminine). And podróżować (to travel) is the verb we need here. So, what do you call a person that travels? Podróżnik, but that implies someone who travels seeking…

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