Contract abroad – adventure or hell?

Most people would say they love travelling. Those who can effort it, spend holidays abroad.  They come back home refreshed, with new ideas, observations and with hundreds of pictures with the unique places they visited.  The experience of   testing the local food, birthing the air, looking at the new landscape and architecture, watching people and listening to their language approaches them to the visited country. Emotionally and mentally it becomes a new territory belonging to “our world”. Sometimes we even miss it and want to come back.

The contract abroad seems to be a fantastic opportunity to make the desire of travel trough. If you have the spirit of discoverer your time spent in Poland will be an adventure. Each day you are facing diversity.

Did you notice that your Polish colleagues don’t always great you with “How are you?” If so, it means there is no time for conversation and then we just say “Hi”.  In Polish a question requires an answer and is an invitation for a conversation.  You probably already have heard an answer in this kind of situation. It could be either an unexpected “ritual complaining” or good news.

More diversity you notice, more cultural awareness you receive. It is the first step leading you to the cultural competency. If the Polish partners behave in a different way from what you expected, it means there is something to discover. Usually they are funny stories, as good as pictures from your holiday. If you enjoy learning diversity, spending weekends in new places, meeting people – your time in Poland will be a real adventure.

If you are not a traveller keen  in  all what is new, willing to learn, taste  and discover,  then the contract abroad could be a hard experience, if not a hell.

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Do the expats speak Polish?

Why the foreigners living in Poland are often afraid of learning Polish?  There are several myths about Polish.

The first one says that it is one of the most difficult languages.  Polish  is nearly on the top  of the list, the higher position has  only Chinese.  I have never expected Polish will be placed next to the  language used by the majority of the population.  I must say – we are in a good company, especially that Chinese becomes more and more popular. The number of people learning Chinese increased dramatically  during the last year. The reason is clear  -  it is the economy. The myth of the  special difficulty of the language disappeared when the desire of speaking   occurred.

The second myth says Polish is very difficult to pronounce. Is it really? Comparing to English there is only one set of the  soft consonance (ś, ź, ć, dź) which has no equivalent in English.  All the other  are  similar to the English ones (pol. sz like Eng. Shower,  pol. cz like Eng. Chamber, pol. like Eng. Jazz, etc.). When spelling in Polish is regular, it is often unpredictable in English. Polish has also stable accent, what makes  the pronunciation much easier.

The third myth says that Polish grammar is very complicated. It is trough that our language preserved  the declination and conjugation system like the other Slavic language group, when the German and Roman group of languages has reduced it. Although  the cases and verb conjugation might caused problems, we use only three tenses, when in English there are  „only’ then! And what about the 57 rules of using the definite and indefinite articles in English, when in Polish the problem doesn’t exist?

It seems that the criteria of considering the language as  difficult are not based of our knowledge about its system. Placing so different systems as Polish and Chinese   one next to the other on the ranking list,  indicates that both are not popular yet, and as unknown got the etiquette „most difficult”.

Running the Polish language school for foreigners for over 13 years I must say that the ability of learning Polish depends not on the nationality  or special talent, but on motivation. In spite of  the difficulties caused by  the cases, most of our students can communicate without problem. It proves that Polish is not as horrible  as it is presented.

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Academia Polonica on YT

Academia Polonica first presentation:

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„Stranger in the town….”

„Stranger in the town…” – I do understand  this feeling. I experienced it during my first trip abroad.  The first western European country I have visited was UK.  In spite of having English lessons beforehand I was shocked at the airport, when I couldn’t understand even a shortest communicates.  Later on it was even worse. I didn’t realised that  the English I have heared at school was so different from the language the native speakers used.

I went to visit my English boyfriend,  so for the rest of my „holidays” I was surrounded by English language only. My boyfriend realised that my stay might cause difficulties and took me on a fantastic  trip  round the country. I was assimilating the language  with the climate of the country, its history, arts, architecture, landscape and cuisine.  During one month I learned more then during 3 years of studying English at school!  During my trip I discovered the secrets of successful learning a foreign language:

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