29 sie 2010

Book guide part 4.

Recently I mentioned Steffen Möller - a very nice German guy who has chosen Poland for his home. His fluent Polish*, sense of humour and modesty made him popular in our country. He became a stand-up comedian and now jokes about Poles and Germans in Poland and Germany reducing mutual fears and stereotypes. He also played roles in Polish serials and took part in the well-known talk-show "Europa da się lubić".

I would like to encourage you to read his book about Poles and Poland "Polska da się lubić" (in Polish)/"Viva Polonia" (in German). It should be immediately translated into English and send by the Polish government all over the world. It’s funny, unpretentious and warm. You will get to know more about Polish mentality (virtues and imperfections) and customs from A (absurd) to Ż (życzliwość – kindliness). Recommendable also for Poles – great for curing our own complexes.

* he started to learn during his studies - you don't have to have Polish ancestors to achieve it:)

24 sie 2010

No history this month

Recently Polish public debates concetrate mostly on completely unimportant subjects for the citizens' daily life like historical events or pseudo-religious events (cross in front of the Presidential Palace in Warsaw - holy for some but for others an object of ridicule). There are so many urgent matters to talk about (plans to raise taxes, low standards of the university education, sex parities in the elecction, womens' rights, LGBTQ rights...) but media choose easy infotainment. Unfortunately tv journalists seem to have poor education and interests. As I'm irritated I would like to protest;)

I'm not going to write about the 66th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising and also about the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Warsaw.

But I'm not going to leave you just like that. About this first battle I recommend you to watch this interview with the women partisans (in Polish). History is always dedicated to men but fortunately some people try to overcome it.

About the latter - somebody has described it better:) Now in Warsaw in Krakowskie Przedmieście street you will find huge photos of Józef Piłsudski and Lenin. Controversial but looks well.

13 sie 2010

What's your favourite Polish word?

"Gazeta Wyborcza" has prepared a survey. You can send them your own ideas, of course there's no one good answer. I find it a wonderful initiative. I agree with some of the GW's readers that Polish words connected with love and care sound warm and beautiful:

czułość, pieszczota, miś, przytulać.

But what about funny ones?

I love Central Poland words which end in -ak:

zwierzak, bydlak, szczeniak.

They are easier than also not bad zwierzę, bydlę and szczenię, so we replace them.

Steffen Möller who speaks Polish fluently in one of the interviews tells what are his favourite Polish words (I fully agree): dżdżownica, rozbabrany, rozmemłany, bąbelki, ufoludek:)

There are more incredible verbs and participles especially colloquial: memłać, leźć - rozlazły, paść - spasiony, piszczeć, miąchać.

And what do you think about źdźbło, miażdżyca and durnostojka?

Please write me what Polish words do you love!

9 sie 2010

What a disappointment

Sorry for not writing for a while but I'm enjoying my time on holidays:)

I've been waiting for the animated history of Poland in 8 minutes ("Animowana historia Polski") shown on Expo 2010. You can see it on youtube. Unfortunately the movie is completely not worth seeing. Fights, blood, torment = boring "men's history". According to the author there was no interesting Polish women to show*. For a second you can see the university in Kraków and Copernicus. More about the Polish cultural life and ideas should be presented. If you don't know the Polish history I'm not sure if you understand anything from this animated version. I would put more about the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, passion for education, royal eleccions, Polish-Jewish famous people. It's not an easy task to show a lot in such a short time but it doesn't have to be so fast and violent. It's nice that Adam Mickiewicz is there but who will recognize him? So I'm still waiting for the short movie which presents Polish accomplishments, inventions, culture.

* Edit: I'm not alone, there's a page on Facebook about getting rid of women in this movie.