Here are some phrasal expressions Polish people like using a lot, but whose literal meaning can be quite confounding for non-native speakers. Translating them makes little sense, but we did it anyway to see what we could uncover. Can you guess what they mean? Read more »about: 9 Odd Phrases Only Poles Use
What is the Ringelblum Archive? How did it survive World War II? And why do we need to constantly reassess its importance? Here are the most important facts you need to know about one of the world’s greatest monuments to human resistance and heroism in the face of ultimate evil. Read more »about: 8 Facts You Should Know About the Ringelblum Archive
From tongue-twisters that could save your life to ones that could twist your eye. Here’s the top ten Polish tongue twisters, thoroughly explained and annotated – not that it makes them any easier to pronounce! Read more »about: 10 Craziest Polish Tongue Twisters
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