Welcome, my friend!

Welcome to my personal website www.yoenpolonia.com. My name is Carlos, I am a Spaniard who is living in Warsaw, the capital of Poland, since November 2015. The reason I moved here is my Polish wife and if you want to know more about me, please click here.

Let me tell you something about this website. The literal translation in English of “Yo en Polonia” is “Me in Poland” and as you may have guessed here I write about my personal experiences and lifestyle in Poland. Until now this website was just in Spanish, but now I am trying to translate it to English by myself (Google Translate is so bad sometimes). It will take me some time to translate all the posts which you can see in the Spanish version so I ask you to be patient; the Spaniards are not very good with the language of Shakespeare. From the beginning I also want to apologize if my English is not the best one, it is not my mother tongue, but I will try to do my best!

Anyway, I want to give you my warmest welcome to my website and I hope you will enjoy it. If you want to contact me directly, do not hesitate to contact me.

Also you can reach me in FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM

Kind regards.

In Poland do not speak English

STOP, please do not kill me for the title without reading this post first and after then I can give you permission to do so if you really wish, okay? A few days ago, I came back from Spain after visiting my family and friends and one of the topics which popped up in our conversations is the English language and the possibilities of travelling and working in Poland with this language. Now let me tell you about one of my own experiences.

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Breaking a myth

Whether you were born or have lived in Poland or if your partner is Polish, this post will be familiar to you, and even if you do not believe it, it is completely true. How many times have you visited someone in a warm country during the winter and you have heard the phrase “you should be already used to it” when you complain about the cold weather? A thousand times, right?

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Polish beers

Many people from other countries think that in Poland, with -30 degrees during the winter, the Poles only drink vodka to warm themselves and they do not drink anything else. Well, I have two things to say to those people. The first one is that do not get carried away by stereotypes, it is true that during the winter it can be really cold, but for me it is not so bad and the second thing is that Poland is one of the countries that most consume one of the best drinks in the world, beer.

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When “NO” means “YES”

Learning languages ​​has never been an easy task even if that language doesn’t have any similarities with our mother tongue, like, for example, in my case with Spanish and Polish. Besides, in some countries like in Bulgaria for example, when they want to say “YES”, they move their heads to acknowledge the same way that the rest of the people use to deny something and vice versa when they want to say “NO” when they agree. It must be very difficult it is to communicate with the Bulgarians! In reference to the Polish language, it is not as an extreme case as the Bulgarian YES / NO, but it also has its own peculiar case for foreigners. Keep reading and you’ll see what I mean.

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