Posted: Apr 24, 2016 8:18 am
by Saim
I know Polish and have been living in Poland since September. I'm here on exchange, leaving in late June.

Arjan Dirkse wrote:Czechs have something similar, many have this kind of inferiority (or superiority?) complex about their own language which makes them think nobody who is not Czech can speak any Czech, simply because it's too difficult for foreigners and it's too obscure a language for anyone to bother with. :grin:

I'm relatively dark-skinned (Punjabi father, Serbian mother) and here in Poland people speak to me in English a lot even though I'm in a C1 course at the moment. When I tell them (in Polish obviously) that Polish is actually an easy language for me (because I speak Serbian with my mother), most of them just say I'm a genius or a weird exception.

I used to get into long explanations about why Polish isn't impossible even for non-Slavs but I get this Polish is really complicated rap so often that my responses have degraded to this:

Pole: Polish is a really hard language, isn't it?
Me: No, it's easy.
Pole: Oh... wow...

My flatmate is a much lighter-than-average Catalan (his look is more typical of Northern/Central Europe) and also knows Polish, and despite the fact that his intonation isn't Polish at all (although he pronounces all the consonants quite well, which is relatively difficult even for many Slavs) he often comes accross Polish people who don't believe he isn't Polish. When he says he's not Polish they say, "oh but you must have Polish family, right? Right?". :scratch:
Animavore wrote:The only Polish I know, but don't know how to spell, is a tongue twister which means something like, "the table is wobbly".

Stół z powyłamywanymi nogami. Stół z powyłamywanymi nogami. Stół z powyłamywanymi nogami.
Stół z powyłamywanymi nogami. Stół z powyłamywanymi nogami. Stół z powyłamywanymi nogami.

God, Polish people are obsessed with tonguetwisters. :lol: