Language survival 101: Feel local (in Poland)!

In this questionnaire, we plan to interview Lexiophiles bloggers to get tips on how to learn their native language. Instead of offering run of the mill advice, we tried a different approach, more unconventional, which might even help people NOT be labeled as a tourist in the first 2 minutes!

Hum or sing along with these three songs in the subway:
[Please name us three songs everyone knows in your native language]

I don’t know if everyone will know these, but I do, and I like them:
“Pognała wołki na Bukowinę” or the heynal in Gdansk: “Nie rzucim ziemi skąd nasz ród…” and finally something that most people my age will know: “Autobiografia” by Perfect

Get by with firing off any of these five swear words:
[Please tell us the five unavoidable curse-words that are commonly used in your country and what they mean]

ay, do I have to do this? Ok, here we go:
kurwa, and kurwa, and kurwa, and kurwa, and kurwa.
Used as a swear word, or a filler word, or as a conjunction, or as an expression of surprise, or instead of “yes” , or instead of “no”, and so on…

Get the phone number (or a great laugh) with this pick-up line:
[Please share your favorite pick-up line with us]

I’m such a repulsive person that nobody ever tried to pick me up. Except this one time when a drunk guy at a party said: “no co ty kurwa…” and then he fell down before managing to finish the sentence.

Cheer to this word with your new local friends at the bar:
[Please tell us what the word for “cheers” is in your language]

na zdrowie! (can be followed by “kurwa”)

And for our tip on feeling like a local – how to order a Big Mac menu in your language:
[Please write how you would order a super-size Big Mac menu in your language]

Big Maka proszę.

The one thing you should do every day to feel truly local:
[Please describe a truly local thing/tick people in your country do]

ahem, wear a track-suit, drink yourself senseless and then scream “kurwa” at anything that moves?

Have we forgotten anything? What is in your opinion the most unusual way to learn your language?
[Any ideas, comments, suggestions that we missed.]

Not really unusual, but very effective – get yourself a partner of another nationality. Suddenly learning a new language will be fun, easy, exciting, not to mention necessary.

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