Hi Dan , From my experience if you speak Polish there are many similar sounding words in Russian. Also, I would consider the impact of the partitions. In the
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, Jul 16, 2011
Hi Dan , From my experience if you speak Polish there are many similar sounding words in Russian. Also, I would consider the impact of the partitions. In the 3 spheres of influence the study of the Polish language was forbidden. That is how the underground home school system expanded in occupied Poland. This was a community effort with ever changing meeting places, times and fluctuating student numbers to not attract attention. Obviously, those who attended state schools learned Russian, German and Austrian. This tradition of home/community schooling was very evident in 1942 when our families escaped Siberia. A priority of the then refugee camps was education in whatever manner possible. Books were begged , borrowed
and even typed on manual typewriters. As to Basia's experience she was brought up in Lwow. This was a city with a 700+ year history of east - west river and land trade. To take advantage of the opportunities one spoke a few languages. It is a UNESCO site because the diversity of its architecture is unique. The current Polish dictionaries contain about 30% foreign adaptations. The Polish speech pattern now reflects this along with an expansion of an educated populace and a younger populace. Perhaps a reflection of my age but I now feel it is spoken as if a debate clock is ticking. That is why I so appreciate when Krystyna and other members post you tube references. I love hearing the experiences, understandable language, regional variations, the lilting Lwow "L' and drawl and an occasional "Ta joj!" As an aside almost all members of the " Romanov Dynasty" spoke fluent Polish. Why?
Because Polish scholars for centuries translated Latin texts and documents into Polish. I think you know which language warms the cockles of my heart and I find more valuable. Regards, Ewa D. - Nevada
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