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Month: March 2015

False friends in… Polish and Spanish

False friends in… Polish and Spanish

These past days, I have thinking about how useful has been being a native Spanish while learning Polish. Despite Spanish being a Romance one and Polish being a Slavic one, the cultural influences of Latin and Greek in those two languages are helpful to figure out certain words such as gwarancja (similar to garantía –warranty-), galeria (galería in Spanish –gallery-), but others, if misused, mispelled, mispronounced or misheard, can bring more than a chuckle, headdesk or angry faces to either…

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Polish culture through language: KOMBINOWAĆ

Polish culture through language: KOMBINOWAĆ

Most, if not all, of the times, languages have special concepts in which you have to look through history to understand their logic and how and when to use them. Kombinować is one of those concepts. It is hard to translate (but not impossible) as you really need to know the context of when it was said and of course, who said it as you can use it in a myriad of ways. „No, będę kombinować”. This sentence can be…

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Polish up your Polish… with music!

Polish up your Polish… with music!

I am a man of my promises, and despite I really took my time, here comes a playlist for those interested in Polish language and culture. It includes a bit of everything Polish music has to offer. Sincerely, Poles have a strong and rich rock scene, and a jazz one, too! Most of their songs talk about history, social criticism and such… but of course, there are the typical ones about love or silly stuff. As last time, there will…

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Practice Spanish with music…

Practice Spanish with music…

First of all, I must say this post should have been posted yesterday, but I took a well-deserved day-off from work and despite I took another day off today, I am now ready to post a proper update on the blog. Many of my readers have asked me about good Spanish music to listen and, at the same time, practice Spanish. Despite I do not listen to music in Spanish as often as other people, I took the challenge. Also,…

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5 simple Polish language lifehacks

5 simple Polish language lifehacks

Most people think Polish language is hard and probably impossible to learn it properly, thus feeling quite discouraged by it. However, I believe that nothing is impossible (quoting Nicolás Massú, a famous Chilean tennis player), so here are some essential lifehacks that will make your Polish learning easier, and why not… motivate your dupa (sorry, but I think this deserves it!) to learn Polish. Stress rules in Polish are a piece of cake. Most of the times, the stress in…

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