Languages are full of words that came via other ones. In the case of Polish and English, this relationship has been rather one-sided, with Polish borrowing from English particularly intensely during the 20th century. But here are a few examples that show that the traffic was not just one-way, and also how these linguistic transfers can be quite complicated. Read more »about: 7 Words in English You Didn’t Know Came From Polish
While the names of many countries may sound quite similar in Polish and English (or say, your language, dear reader), some of these Polish names can be quite surprising, if not downright shocking. Now you can learn how to actually pronounce them! Read more »about: How Do I Say My Country’s Name in Polish?
A Polish-German book inspired by a mysterious line from David Bowie’s song Warszawa brings together fictional stories inspired by Bowie’s Eastern European legend and succeeds in bringing the two cities even closer on the imaginary map of Europe.
Read more »about: Helibo Seyoman: A Tale of Two Cities
Thirty-five years ago, on Sunday 13th December 1981 at 6am, Polish radio and TV broadcasted an address by General Wojciech Jaruzelski. Repeated over and over again, it informed Polish citizens that martial law was being introduced. Culture.pl has gathered the memories of various artists from that day. Where they were when they heard the news? How did they take it? Read more »about: The Day Poland Stood Still: Memories from the Introduction of Martial Law
Not longer than one syllable, these words may look insignificant or even useless but they are at the very core of everyday Polish usage. These sounds will not only help you understand Poles speaking their language at its most idiomatic, but they can actually make you sound Polish without knowing the language. Read more »about: How to Sound Like a Pole
Imagine you find yourself somewhere in Eastern Europe. But is it Russia or Belarus, Poland or Croatia, Slovenia or Slovakia? Find out how much you know about Slavic languages and we’ll see if you’re able to make your way through Slavic Europe. Read more »about: Can You Tell Slavic Languages Apart? – Quiz
Polish literature, although not as well known as its German and Russian cousins, is one of the gems of European culture. This list covers a very wide range of genres and eras, but any of these books will help you love Poland a little more. Read more »about: 11 Great Polish Books You Have to Read
Available for the first time in English, this iconic work of Polish feminist fiction describes a transgressive love triangle in a provincial Poland choked by distinctions of class and gender.
Read more »about: Boundary – Zofia Nałkowska
Unlike some creatures of ancient Slavic demonology, like vampires and strigoi, which went on to earn some worldwide notoriety and even became part of popular culture, Slavic mythology remains to a large extent a terra incognita. Read more »about: What Is Known About Slavic Mythology
Located between Bielsko-Biała and Oświęcim, Wilamowice may seem like a regular southern Polish town lost somewhere in the hilly landscape of Małopolska. And yet to some, Wilamowice may be the most fascinating place on the map of Europe – the linguistic map of Europe, that is.
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The introduction of Christianity to Poland in 966 is symbolically linked to the founding of the Polish state. But while the event enabled Poland to enter the realm of Western Latin civilization and become a fixed part of it, as well as its farthest outpost, its true impact and the reasons that led to it are complex and surprising.
Read more »about: Historical Facts about the Baptism of Poland
Klezmer bears, lazy hippos, proud peacocks and loud parrots can all be admired in The Yiddisher Zoo, a splendid children's book from the acclaimed bilingual Mayses series. This new publication brings back the world of Jewish children in pre-war Poland and makes it available to young readers today. Read more »about: Polly Wants a Bagel, or What Goes On in a Yiddish Zoo