Polishisms #1-5 Review Quiz.

This quiz reviews Polishisms: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5. After taking the quiz, you can find the answers and links to the specific blog post on that Polishism.

Please translate the following sentences into English:

  1. Byliśmy na koncercie i widzieliśmy walkę pomiędzy Britney a Lady Gagą na scenie.
  2. Jedziemy z moim partnerem na wakacje do Korei Północnej.
  3. Nie widziałem pozostałych książek, które zamówiłeś.
  4. Pozwól mi, że Ci wyjaśnię co się wydarzyło.
  5. Poleciłem mu, że musi wyjeżdżać na wakacje.
  6. Musimy znaleźć drogę na drugą stronę tych gór.
  7. Powiedz mi proszę, co powiedziała.
  8. Czy czujesz smog w powietrzu?
  9. Czy masz jeszcze jakieś inne wątpliwości, że nasz prezydent jest najlepszy?
  10. Spotkaliśmy się po raz pierwszy na lotnisku.
  11. Dzięki Bogu, że znalazłem ten blog!
  12. Myśle, że musimy razem z szefem pojechać do Bostonu w ten weekend.
  13. Czy masz jeszcze jedną książkę na ten sam temat, którą mogę przeczytać?

Please say these sentences out loud (record yourself if you can):

  1. This mountain is holy to Buddhists.
  2. The flower on this cactus is so beautiful.
  3. Our governments remind me of a great big circus.
  4. This T-shirt is made from cotton.
  5. Hatred is a virus. Love is the way to go.
  6. Who is the captain of this ship? I want off!
  7. The U.S. Senate has more authority in making decisions than the Polish Senate.
  8. That apartment costs one million dollars.
  9. This is a private party.
  10. There is land on the horizon.

Instead of posting pictures from America, here are a few pictures taken from my recent vacation to Bosnia. The answers will follow.

There were two places that I think were incredibly beautiful in Bosnia. First was The Una River National Park, which was a jewel if you love mountains and rivers. Also if you are in the area of Jajce, you may want to check out and spend the night in Janjske Otoke. There aren’t many good videos made about it, but you will get the idea here – Janjske Otoke. The second place I really loved was the traditional mountain village of Lukomir. It was a great place to go hiking and to see rural life in Bosnia.

This is at Una River National Park in Bosnia!

The water is full of minerals which form to make beautiful cascades everywhere.  Definitely slow down for a few days here.

Here is a picture of Lukomir from one of my hikes.

And here is a shot from inside the village. Definitely spend the night and watch all the shepherds bring their sheep, goats and cows back home. Now back to the answers below.


Reminder of the Questions:

  1. Byliśmy na koncercie i widzieliśmy walkę pomiędzy Britney a Lady Gagą na scenie.
  2. Jedziemy z moim partnerem na wakacje do Korei Północnej.
  3. Nie widziałem pozostałych książek, które zamówiłeś.
  4. Pozwól mi, że Ci wyjaśnię co się wydarzyło.
  5. Poleciłem mu, że musi wyjeżdżać na wakacje.
  6. Musimy znaleźć drogę na drugą stronę tych gór.
  7. Powiedz mi proszę, co powiedziała.
  8. Czy czujesz smog w powietrzu?
  9. Czy masz jeszcze jakieś inne wątpliwości, że nasz prezydent jest najlepszy?
  10. Spotkaliśmy się po raz pierwszy na lotnisku.
  11. Dzięki Bogu, że znalazłem ten blog!
  12. Myśle, że musimy razem z szefem pojechać do Bostonu w ten weekend.
  13. Czy masz jeszcze jedną książkę na ten sam temat, którą mogę przeczytać?

Answers:

  1. We were at the concert and saw the fight between Britney and Lady Gaga on stage. [ Polishism #1 ]
  2. My partner and I are going on vacation to North Korea. [ Polishism #2 ]
  3. I didn’t see the other books you ordered. [ Polishism #3 ]
  4. Please let me explain to you what happened. [ Polishism #4 ]
  5. I recommended to him that he needs to go on a vacation. [ Polishism #4  ]
  6. We need to find a way to the other side of these mountains. [ Polishism #3 ]
  7. Please tell me what she said. [ Polishism #1 ]
  8. Can you smell the smog in the air? [ Polishism #2  ]
  9. Do you have any other doubts that our president is the best!? [ Polishism #3 ]
  10. We met at the airport for the first time. [Polishism #1 ]
  11. Thank God that I found this blog! [ Polishism #4 ]
  12. I think my boss and I have to go to Boston this weekend. [ Polishism #2  ]
  13. Do you have another book on the same topic that I can read? [ Polishism #3 ]

Spoken Part: The highlighted words are the ones I am looking to see if you pronounce correctly. They are also linked to Diki.pl.

Here is a link to me pronouncing the whole sentences:


How did you do? I hope this is helping focus your attention on the very common mistakes Poles make when learning English. If you are a teacher, it is a good idea to check your students (intermediate and higher) for these mistakes. Take care and stay tuned to further Polishisms!

Your teacher,

Elijah Pendergraft

If you have noticed my logo, it is called the “Seed of Life” and is an ancient symbol, here I discovered it on ancient Bosnian (Bogomil) tombstones.

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