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Archive for February, 2013

February in rhyme Posted by on Feb 28, 2013

The names of Polish months are unique in the way that Poland did not adopt Roman names – like many other countries in Europe (France, Germany, Russia). Original, non-Latin names for the months of the year also exist in some other languages – like Czech (but not Slovak), Croatian, Lithuanian or Basque. But this is…

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Sayings about February Posted by on Feb 27, 2013

Today some common Polish sayings about the month of February (Luty)!   Czasem sie Luty zlituje że człek niby wiosnę czuje ale czasem sie tak zżyma że człek prawie nie wytrzyma. Sometimes February has compassion for us and it feels like spring, but sometimes it is so harsh, that the man can hardly stand it…

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Things you want to know about Poles Posted by on Feb 23, 2013

What are some things you always wanted to know about Polish people and weren’t in the least bit disinclined to ask? Here  are some of them…: 1. “Polish facial characteristics” No, there are no unique facial characteristics that enable you to identify a Pole . Most Poles believe that they can spot another Pole on the…

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Anja Rubik Posted by on Feb 22, 2013

Most of you who love fashion probably know her…Anja Rubik was born in Rzeszów, Poland. Growing up, Anja lived in Greece, Canada, and South Africa and began modeling full- time after graduating from a British high school in Paris. Rubik can be seen in numerous editorials for Vogue, Numero, Harper’s Bazaar, etc. More information and…

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Walentynki Posted by on Feb 14, 2013

Valentine’s Day is a relatively modern concept in Poland and, like Halloween, seems to have come from the west over the past 20 years. For Poles the traditional ‘Lovers’ Day’ as it were would be Kupała or St. John’s Night – celebrated on the night of June 21st. Marking the beginning of summer the tradition…

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What makes Polish people laugh? Posted by on Feb 13, 2013

There are some things that make everybody laugh regardless of their cultural background. There are, however, some differences in sense of humour between nations. Even in the English-speaking world, some things that are dead serious to Americans seem incredibly funny to the British (and probably vice-versa). Here are some things that make Poles laugh: 1…

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Polish school Posted by on Feb 7, 2013

So you probably know that grades in Polish schools are not A,B,C,D… Everywhere except universities, grades are: 6 (“celujący” – lit. aiming [at the top]), 5 (“bardzo dobry” – very good), 4 (“dobry” – good), 3 (“dostateczny” – sufficient), 2 (“dopuszczający” – passing) and 1 (“niedostateczny” – not sufficient). Most teachers allow grades such as…

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