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Romney in Poland Posted by on Jul 31, 2012

With a speech lauding Poland as a “defender of freedom,” Mitt Romney finished a trip abroad Tuesday that was long on symbolism but short on new policy, a combination that may have given his presidential campaign much of what it wanted despite some well-publicized stumbles. The trip produced pictures of the presumptive Republican nominee meeting…

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Asking for Directions Posted by on Jul 30, 2012

The main Polish cities of Warsaw, Kraków, Łódź, Wrocław, Poznań and Gdańsk are all best explored on foot, so a good street map is a must (these can be obtained for free from the tourist information offices in each city, or even sent to you in advance by the Polish tourist board). The winding old…

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Affirmative and Interrogative forms – Part II Posted by on Jul 29, 2012

Today I will continue Affirmative and Interrogative forms – Part I post. Some questions require interrogative pronouns such as who, when, why, etc. Since word order in Polish is not strictly determined, a speaker is practically free to choose how to ask a question depending on his/her attitude and the information (s)he is most interested in. Beginner…

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Affirmative and Interrogative forms – Part I Posted by on Jul 28, 2012

Polish is a highly inflected language, which means some parts of speech such as nouns, verbs, and adjectives take different forms depending on case, tense, or number. Inflection helps speakers to identify the subject of a sentence and its properties (whether it’s singular or plural, masculine or feminine). Consequently, word order plays a less important…

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Polish crafts Posted by on Jul 27, 2012

Bright splashes of color and vibrant designs characterize traditional Polish handicrafts (rękodzieła). These include folk art using a variety of materials, such as paper (papier), wood (drewno), clay (glina). Some of these crafts are still practiced in the 21st century and can be purchased in ethnic stores in the U.S. and online at websites specializing…

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