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Test your Polish skills and find out if you could rub along with Poles in their language, or does it still need polishing?

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photo: Bartłomiej Kudowicz / Forum, Beata Zawrzeł/Reporter, Forum, W.Krynski / Forum, Andrzej Szymański / Forum,  Andrzej Zygmuntowicz/Reporter,

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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A swimming area on the outskirts of Wroclaw, summer 1982, photo by Chris Niedenthal / Forum

We are all taught at school about the communism as a social system but do we really know what it meant for those who had a chance to experience it themselves? Empty stores, propaganda, censorship but also a universe of funny things which tried hard to be better than what it was.

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Under the communist regime, there were shortages of everything in Poland. Sometimes it would get so bad that certain stores would have nothing but vinegar in stock. Nevertheless Poland under communist rule had something that contemporary, democratic Poland practically doesn’t have – mass-produced domestic cars.

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The reconstruction of Warsaw in 1945 was the first attempt in history to reconstruct not only the individual monuments, but also to recreate the entire historical tissue of the city. Many years later the idea made it onto the UNESCO list of national heritage, but back in the first days of 1945 it was far from obvious.

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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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Poles are passionate soup eaters. Most of their soups originate froma distant past: some Polish soups have even been mentioned in ancient French cookbooks such as Escoffier's or Ali-Bab's publications. Households and eateries serve them in a traditional, rural version, while some renowned chefs transform traditional soups into modernist dishes.

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While the biggest ethnic minorities in Poland include Silesians, Germans, Belarusians and Ukrainians, there are also ethnicities and languages nothing short of surprising. Lemko, Cashubian, Roma, and Wymysorys: all of these languages are still spoken today in Poland

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Plac Zbawiciela / Saviour Square, photo: Grzegorz Czaplicki

Forget the Old Town and the National Museum. Here are directions to the hotspots of counter-culture where you will encounter the laid-back yet edgy lifestyle and the rich underground scene that make Warsaw the ultimate hipster destination.

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Etam Crew, мураль в Лодзи, фото www.urbanforms.org

CNN’s feature article boasting Polish street art as "Bigger than Banksy" has made our murals known to the world. Let us introduce you to the house-size paintings that adorn grey concrete blocks across Poland …and their authors, whose creativity has been spreading abroad

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Kadr z filmu "Diabelskie szczęście", fot: Filmoteka Narodowa / http://fototeka.fn.org.pl

Christmas Eve tradition includes twelve dishes and desserts which reflects the rich and multicultural culinary traditions of Poland.

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Judas Priest, British Steel, cover art: Rosław Szaybo

Vinyl records combine visual art with musical mastery - and aficionados take interest in both. Here's a compilation of the most recognized album art created by Stanisław Zagórski and Rosław Szaybo.

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Леопольд Бучковский, один из самых сложных польских авторов конца ХХ века и один из Непереводимых

The following selection features writers who, even after decades of gruelling Polish classes, you won't have the slightest hope of deciphering.

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