Hi, my name is Michał, I’m a Polish journalist and I’ve been living in the UK for, well, almost 11 years now. On and off, but mostly on.
The past few years have seen a dramatic increase in the number of Poles coming into Great Britain and hundreds of newspaper articles, TV and radio programmes about the impact of this new wave of immigrants on the British economy. Polish shops and cafes have sprung up all over the country, all of a sudden everybody knows a Polish person, has been served by a Polish person, has heard some Polish, but didn’t quite understand what was actually said.
And here’s my problem: apart from charting the impact of a million or so Poles on Britain in and by various mainstream media, nobody has actually devoted much time to explaining what those people bring with them. How they think. What they eat. What they find strange in Britain.
There have been a few attempts at explaining some of the above issues, but I haven’t really seen a single place which would explain – in English – the Polish culture, mentality and the consonant-saturated language to an English-speaking person.
Hence the idea for this blog. The POLSKI blog. (The word ‘Polski’ means ‘Polish’; just thought I’d make that clear
I’ll try to explain some of the above issues, bust (or confirm) some myths (we’re not just a nation of plumbers, plasterers and beautiful girls, you know), teach you some useful phrases, talk about food (must be my favourite topic) and vodka (wódka, in fact), surprise you with a few facts you might not be aware of and generally make you feel more familiar with the Polish nation.
You’re welcome to participate – share your experiences, post comments, suggest new topics – I’ll try to respond to them tothe best of my abilities.
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So, welcome and enjoy! Or as we would say in Poland, witajcie i zapraszam!