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Liquid modernity and The Translation Gap

Ratunku “Kiedy przestaję już ogarniać współczesność, kiedy świat mnie otacząjący stawia bariery, który nie jestem w stania sforsować umysłem, gdy zdumienie nad zmieniającą się kulturą masową i obyczajowością przyjmuje już formę graniczną – wtedy sięgam po książki Zygmunta Baumana…

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Capital of Culture – Stolica Kultury

Sitting at a particularly long traffic light (90 seconds red, 45 seconds green and another 90 seconds red before I could go), I switched over from my usual talk radio station to the other station, the station I don’t…

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No worries

Rosie did not get into pre-school in Stage 2 of the recruitment process. I think that the principal and I have a different understanding of the phrase nie martw się (don’t worry). When I asked about my Rosie in…

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My first Polish jokes – Painters at PZU

For some reason when I first came to Poland, people liked telling me jokes especially the joke (maybe you know it) with the punch line “piłka…do metalu” (complete with arm motions showing a ball and then a saw). The…

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Questions? Pytania?

Are pampuchy and kluski na parze the same thing? What’s the singular of pampuchy? pampuch? pampucha? And why do my leniwe pierogi require 4 times more flour than the recipe? Czy pampuchy i kluski na parze to to samo?…

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I can’t deal with it

I’d just like to go the book store and be surrounded by titles I can read. I want to buy any newspaper and easily understand all the articles. I want to talk with someone without having to think through…

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Calamity Chris

Clumsy. Klutzy. An accident waiting to happen. That’s me. Hearing an “ow” from the other room or seeing a fresh bruise on my arm, Misiu always asks, “Did the wall jump out at you again?” “No,” I answer indignantly,…

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Polish is hard

Polish is a difficult language. I know with that statement I am not “discovering America” (nie odkrywam Ameryki) as you say in Polish, but it is worth stating. When I first came to Poland, I didn’t know a word…