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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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Verbs Expressing Feelings and the Nouns that Follow Them Posted by on Jan 31, 2010

So, what were we talking about last time? Ah yes, verbs that express emotions. You know, stuff like love (kochać), hate (nienawidzieć), like (lubić), dislike (nie lubić), etc. In English, it’s simple, whether you like or don’t like someone (or something), the noun that follows the verb expressing your feeling doesn’t change. I like winter…

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On Bielsko-Biała and Białystok Posted by on Oct 6, 2009

Polish declensions. We all love them, right? All the funky case endings, exceptions, and then exceptions to exceptions. Life in Polish is never boring. But just when you think you’ve finally managed to master the genitives, datives and accusatives, and you’re no longer kept awake at night by the adjective+noun combinations, you meet Bielsko-Biała. Or…

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Polish Possessive Pronouns – are they really that difficult? Posted by on Jun 30, 2009

Are Polish possessive pronouns really that difficult? I need an honest opinion here. I have always thought they were one of those relatively straightforward bits in our convoluted language. But it turns out I might have been either mistaken or overly optimistic. Yesterday I was asked this very complicated question: Ok, so you say “moja…

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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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Genitive Case, part 4 Posted by on Feb 10, 2009

Thomas asked what happened to audio files with pronunciation that I used to provide on this blog. I will be reunited with my own computer and microphone on March 10th and then pliki dźwiękowe (audio files) will be back. And I do plan to go back and provide them for all the posts where they’re…

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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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