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Who’s Who in the Family Posted by on May 22, 2009

Today’s post is about something that even I have problems with. Brother’s wife wife’s brother and sister’s husband and husband’s sister and sister’s daughter’s best friend’s neighbor’s son. Or something like that. Either I’m monumentally stupid, or it’s really easy in English. Just stick “in-law” at the end of anything you’re not quite sure of…

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Readers’ Questions – “bez” and “nie” Posted by on May 4, 2009

Yesterday was a public holiday in Poland to celebrate the Constitution of May 3rd, 1791 (Konstytucja Trzeciego Maja). And it made me realize that I didn’t really know all that much about this historical event. So off to google I went. And what did I learn? A whole bunch of really boring historical bits of…

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Cardinal Numbers Posted by on Mar 4, 2009

The post where I attempted to count priests (is it “dwaj księża” or “dwóch księży”?) made me realize that we’ve never talked about numbers before. Hmmm… I wonder why I’ve been avoiding this particular topic. Really, no reason at all. Yeah, right! Ok, in that case, let’s get started. I’m sure that most, if not…

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The Dative in Polish, part 3 Posted by on Nov 19, 2008

It’s been a while, a looong while actually, since our last post about nouns and cases. I think I started telling you about the dative case and then promptly began to practice avoidance. So where were we last? Oh yes, personal pronouns and indirect objects, me thinks. So, let’s quickly go back and review. I…

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Dative Case, part 2 Posted by on Sep 21, 2008

After studying Fran’s wonderful poem in the last post, you should know a little bit about the dative case (celownik) already. It’s a very unassuming case, really. And when you see it in a sentence, it will be most likely used to modify a personal pronoun in expressions like these: Jest mi gorąco. – I…

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Dative Case, part 1 Posted by on Sep 17, 2008

It’s been a while since we talked about our lovely Polish noun cases, so I thought we might get back to it today. But first, I have a little treat for you. One of our readers, as it turned out, is also a very talented poet. I mean, you have to be talented to write…

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Genitive Case, part 2 Posted by on Jul 21, 2008

Since we’re in the midst of a little grammar kick, I thought we might as well continue. But to keep things interesting, we should let the adjectives rest for a while and talk about something else. Remember when we discussed the genitive case – dopełniacz? Yes, I know, it was a while back. So here…

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