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Current News in Poland – Professor Religa’s Death Posted by on Mar 14, 2009

If you were in Poland last week, you know there was one bit of sad news that was impossible to miss. The death of professor Zbigniew Religa. Yesterday was his funeral at Powązki Cemetery in Warszawa. This was much talked about, too. Not only because professor Religa was a famous kardiochirurg (heart surgeon), but also…

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Polish Word of the Week – Przeprowadzka Posted by on Mar 10, 2009

Hi guys! I’m back in the land of internet again! I promise to respond to all your comments shortly. And a couple of them gave me ideas for new blog posts – thanks Pinolona and Jennifer! And audio files are coming back, too! I just need to unpack my boxes to find the mic. But…

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Pleasantly Surprised with City Hall in Gdańsk Posted by on Feb 12, 2009

I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised with the speed and efficiency of Polish governmental offices. With the exception, perhaps, of Urząd Skarbowy (Tax Office), but then again, you can’t expect too much from the Taxman. They’re only fast if THEY want something from you, right? But all the other offices I’ve dealt…

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Co się tutaj stało? – What happened here? Posted by on Jan 10, 2009

In the comments to the previous post, Yellerbelly made a very valid point regarding “co się stało?” He said that he thought it meant “what’s wrong?” I think it’s a reflection of our collective Polish psyche that something so innocent as “what happened” can imply “what’s wrong?” in our language. Just goes to show you…

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Using the Polish Się, Part 1 Posted by on Jan 8, 2009

Are you ready for another installment of Polish grammar? No? Don’t worry, I’m not ready either. We’ll get through it together. A couple of posts back I started to talk about “się.” That was when I told you how this little word could alter the meaning of a verb. You have a verb without “się”…

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Fun with Polish: New Year’s Resolutions Posted by on Dec 30, 2008

So… it’s that time of the year again. The time of parties, bigger parties and totally massive parties. What are your plans for New Year’s Eve (Sylwester)? Going anywhere? Doing anything special? We’ll stay at home and watch TV. And then watch our terrified cats as they try to hide under the bed when the…

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Polish Christmas Eve: Wigilia Posted by on Dec 23, 2008

Tomorrow is Wigilia (Christmas Eve) and it’s one day that most Polish families take very seriously. I said “most” because some celebrate it in a less traditional way – like at an all-inclusive resort in Madeira or Tenerife, for example. But for most Poles, Wigilia means getting together with their extended family, eating huge amounts…

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