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The Man from M-3, directed by Leon Jeannot, 1968, in the image: Bogumił Kobiela and Maja Wodecka, photo: Studio Filmowe OKO/Filmoteka

Dating, as most of our readers will have already found out, can be tricky, and even more so if your date is of a different nationality. We gathered 12 useful tips in case you have your heart set on a Polish boyfriend or girlfriend.

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Prince Charles, visiting the house of prosperous farmers Mr & Mrs Bednarczyk, 1993. Photo: Adam Golec / Agencja Gazeta

Poles are well-known for their exceptional hospitality. An old saying has it that ‘a guest at home is God at home’, thus if you stay in Poland for at least a few days and make friends with somebody, expect to be invited to a Polish dinner. If you want your new friendship to last for more than one evening be warned that Polish customs can be very tricky!

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Poland is a landlocked Eastern European country somewhere in the polar circle. It is a former member of the USSR inhabited by Russian speakers...or is it? Have a look at these six real-life misconceptions about Poland and don’t hesitate to share those you've heard!

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Chris Niedenthal, Warsaw, December 1981. First day of Martial Law. Kino Moskwa screens Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now", photo: press material

Foreigners rarely visited communist Poland, and those who did visit were baffled. Everyday life for Poles, seemed absolutely bizarre to outsiders. Would you be able to cope with reality if you time-travelled to the People’s Republic of Poland? Would you know what’s going on and how to behave?

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It can be a diplomatic disaster not to accept Polish grandmas' advice on treatment. Photo: Value / EastNews

Garlic for the flu, vinegar for bruises, cabbage for ulceration… Poland’s home remedies passed down from generation to generation make up an entire universe of alternative medicine. Because some of these methods may seem odd, let’s discuss them one by one so that you know which suggestions to accept or reject if you happen to feel bad in Poland.

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Still from 'A Streetcar Called Desire' directed by Elia Kazan starring Marlon Brando (on the right) as Stanley Kowalski.

The popularity and long lifespan of Polish jokes inspired us to investigate deep into their genesis and characteristics. What do they mean? Can Poles take a joke? How Many poles does it take to screw in a lightbulb? Culture.pl presents the anatomy of a Polish Joke.

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At Culture.pl we strongly believe that true art and true artists can be at least as entertaining as pop culture idols. However, because not everything that glitters is gold, sometimes discovering an extra-interesting fact about higher culture requires a bit of extra effort. This is why we ask you to play a short game…

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Chopin, collage. photo: Dagmara Staga / Culture.pl

Pianists from all over the world have already taken part in the qualifying stage of the 17th International Chopin Contest and are now playing their fingers to the bone, using every minute to prepare for their performance. For us – the audience – the best way to prepare for the contest is to revise our knowledge about Chopin and get a better understanding of his output

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Culture.pl has prepared a short but comprehensive quiz, both fun and serious, which covers a varied range of topics from Polish culture, from food to film, including literature and theatre and finishing off with contemporary classical music. Time to discover your level of knowledge! Are you ready?

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Internet memes offer us a crooked reflection of ourselves and our times, sometimes perpetuating stereotypes, sometimes highlighting uncomfortable truths. In recent years, a little ill-drawn circle called Polandball has gained world fame quasi-instantaneously, and an overview of the phenomenon reveals how and why.

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