LinguaTrek - culture, USA, Poland http://www.linguatrek.com/taxonomy/term/30%2032%2033/0 David Snopek is an American living in Kraków Poland. He teaches English and is learning Polish. This is his blog! There are texts in Polish and English for learners, as well as, advice and thoughts about language learning. en Vlog: Post office in the USA! http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2013/02/vlog-post-office-in-the-usa <p><em>(If you're a subscriber and you didn't get an e-mail about this video, it's because you didn't selected "I'm interested in ... Life in the USA and American culture" or "I'm learning ... English" in your <a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/options">subscriber options</a>.)</em></p> <p><strong>Today we're going to take you on a short trip to the post office! You also get to to see the bus in Milwaukee and a little bit of our neighborhood.</strong></p> <object width="510" height="311"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/7Qg_voLffvc?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" /><param name="wmode" value="opaque" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/7Qg_voLffvc?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="510" height="311" wmode="opaque" ></embed></object> <p><em>(<a href="http://www.amara.org/en/v/BeuQ/">Click here</a> to help work on the subtitles or translate them into another language!)</em></p> <p><strong>Read more for a full transcript!</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2013/02/vlog-post-office-in-the-usa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2013/02/vlog-post-office-in-the-usa#comments USA vlog Tue, 26 Feb 2013 15:30:00 +0000 David Snopek 246 at http://www.linguatrek.com Vlog: Grocery shopping in the USA! http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2013/02/vlog-grocery-shopping-in-the-usa <p><em>(If you're a subscriber and you didn't get an e-mail about this video, it's because you didn't selected "I'm interested in ... Life in the USA and American culture" or "I'm learning ... English" in your <a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/options">subscriber options</a>.)</em></p> <p>As you requested in <a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2013/01/big-changes-to-my-blog-results-of-the-survey">the survey a couple weeks ago</a>, here is a video <em>in English</em> showing daily life in the USA.</p> <p>You asked for less videos where I'm talking to the camera and more out in the world. So that's what we tried to do!</p> <p><strong>Please let me know what you think of the video! Do you want more like this?</strong></p> <object width="510" height="311"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/kX3Nc__0M3w?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" /><param name="wmode" value="opaque" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/kX3Nc__0M3w?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="510" height="311" wmode="opaque" ></embed></object> <p><em>(<a href="http://www.amara.org/en/videos/efRYnCKiSxcG/en/520589/#transcripts">Click here</a> to help work on the subtitles or translate them into another language!)</em></p> <p><strong>Read more for a full transcript!</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2013/02/vlog-grocery-shopping-in-the-usa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2013/02/vlog-grocery-shopping-in-the-usa#comments shopping USA vlog Tue, 05 Feb 2013 14:00:00 +0000 David Snopek 239 at http://www.linguatrek.com Things I Love About Poland #06: Eating out! http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2012/09/things-i-love-about-poland-06-eating-out <div class="diag align-right" style="float: right; width: 147px; margin: 10px 0 10px 10px"><a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/sites/www.linguatrek.com/files/imagecache/Large/image/2012/09/zapiekanka.jpg" rel="lightbox"><img src="http://www.linguatrek.com/sites/www.linguatrek.com/files/imagecache/Small/image/2012/09/zapiekanka.jpg" alt="Zapiekanka" title="A zapiekanka. Photo by Mariuszjbie." /></a><div class="caption">A zapiekanka. <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Zapiekanka_2..jpg">Photo</a> by Mariuszjbie.</div></div> <p><strong>This is the <em>sixth</em> installment in my series of articles called "<a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/tags/things-i-love-about-poland">Things I Love About Poland</a>," in which I discuss differences between Poland and the USA.</strong></p> <p>It's been awhile since I wrote an article in this series! Right when we got back from our last trip to Poland (in October 2010), I made a list of over <em>twenty ideas</em> to write about. :-)</p> <p>I was hoping to visit Poland again in the fall this year, but with all the work we're doing on Bibliobird, it looks like that will be impossible. :-/</p> <p><em>(BTW, our paid product to help Poles learn English - "Real Life in the USA" - is going to be launched on Monday, October 1st. Learn more <a href="https://en.bibliobird.com/node/14452">here</a> and get a discount!)</em></p> <p><strong>So, now that fall has come, I'm feeling a little nostalgic!</strong></p> <p>In my <a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2010/11/things-i-love-about-poland-01-waiters-leave-you-alone">first article in this series</a>, I wrote about one thing I love about going out to eat in Poland - and today I'm going to tell you three more!</p> <p><strong>Read more to find out what they are!</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2012/09/things-i-love-about-poland-06-eating-out" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2012/09/things-i-love-about-poland-06-eating-out#comments Things I Love About Poland Poland Tue, 25 Sep 2012 15:00:00 +0000 David Snopek 206 at http://www.linguatrek.com Traces of Poland in American movies http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2012/06/traces-of-poland-in-american-movies <p><em>Today we have an interesting article from Marcin at <a href="http://www.sprachcaffe.com/english/main.htm">sprachcaffe.com</a>, which offers language courses and camps abroad. It's a mix of tourism and language learning. :-)</em></p> <p><em>(Note #1: I don't receive any kind of payment for publishing this article or the links to their page - I only received this awesome article!)</em></p> <p><em>(Note #2: I translated this article from the <a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2012/06/%C5%9Bladem-polskich-akcent%C3%B3w-w-filmach-ameryka%C5%84skich">original Polish version</a>.)</em></p> <hr /> <div class="diag align-right" style="float: right; width: 160px; margin: 10px 0 10px 10px"><a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/sites/www.linguatrek.com/files/imagecache/Large/image/2012/06/manwithvideocamera.jpg" rel="lightbox"><img src="http://www.linguatrek.com/sites/www.linguatrek.com/files/imagecache/Small/image/2012/06/manwithvideocamera.jpg" alt="Man with video camera" title="Photo by woodleywonderworks" /></a><div class="caption"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/73645804@N00/3994475649">Photo</a> by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/wwworks/">woodleywonderworks</a></div></div> <p>We all know that watching films in English helps us learn the language. We also know the surprise that comes with seeing traces of Poland in them!</p> <p>Any reference to Poland in American films usually suprises Poles... postively or negatively. Here is a quick overview of Polish references found in American films.</p> <p><strong>Read more to find out about them!</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2012/06/traces-of-poland-in-american-movies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2012/06/traces-of-poland-in-american-movies#comments movies Poland Tue, 19 Jun 2012 15:00:00 +0000 David Snopek 176 at http://www.linguatrek.com Vlog: Koszty życia w USA - Mieszkanie http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2012/06/vlog-koszty-%C5%BCycia-w-usa-mieszkanie <p>Ludzie ciągle pytają mnie o kosztach życia w USA. Zdecydowałem nagrać filmik o kosztach powiązanych z mieszkaniem z mojego doświadczenie w moim mieście. Jeśli spodoba Wam się, mam pomysły na inne filmiki w tej serii.</p> <p>Równiez trochę eksperymentowałem z nagraniem w tym filmiku - czasem udało mi się, czasem nie. :-) Od razu przepraszam, że kamera tak dużo się rusza!</p> <object width="510" height="311"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/yeqOQG-s7Wc?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" /><param name="wmode" value="opaque" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/yeqOQG-s7Wc?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="510" height="311" wmode="opaque" ></embed></object> <p>Proszę podaj mi poprawki <a href="http://lang-8.com/10069/journals/1509315/Vlog%253A-Koszty-%25C5%25BCycia-w-USA-Mieszkanie">w serwisie Lang-8</a>!</p> <p><strong>Czytaj transkrypcję poniżej!</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2012/06/vlog-koszty-%C5%BCycia-w-usa-mieszkanie" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2012/06/vlog-koszty-%C5%BCycia-w-usa-mieszkanie#comments koszty życia w USA USA vlog Sat, 02 Jun 2012 15:53:53 +0000 David Snopek 165 at http://www.linguatrek.com Vlog: Brooke - mała Amerykanka która śni o Polsce http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2012/02/vlog-brooke-ma%C5%82a-amerykanka-kt%C3%B3ra-%C5%9Bni-o-polsce <p>To jest bardzo interesująca historia o dziewczynce w USA, która nie ma polskich korzeni ale zakochała się w Polsce w prosty sposób.</p> <p><object width="510" height="311"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/Br0roArv7kY?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" /><param name="wmode" value="opaque" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/Br0roArv7kY?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="510" height="311" wmode="opaque" ></embed></object></p> <p>Czytaj cały list Brooke <a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2012/02/spreading-our-love-of-poland">tutaj</a>.</p> <p>Proszę podaj mi poprawki <a href="">w serwisie Lang-8</a>.</p> <p><strong>Czytaj transkrypcję poniżej!</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2012/02/vlog-brooke-ma%C5%82a-amerykanka-kt%C3%B3ra-%C5%9Bni-o-polsce" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2012/02/vlog-brooke-ma%C5%82a-amerykanka-kt%C3%B3ra-%C5%9Bni-o-polsce#comments Brooke vlog Poland Sat, 25 Feb 2012 15:15:00 +0000 David Snopek 124 at http://www.linguatrek.com Spreading our love of Poland http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2012/02/spreading-our-love-of-poland <div class="diag align-right" style="float: right; width: 160px; margin: 10px 0 10px 10px"><a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/sites/www.linguatrek.com/files/imagecache/Large/image/2012/02/love.jpg" rel="lightbox"><img src="http://www.linguatrek.com/sites/www.linguatrek.com/files/imagecache/Small/image/2012/02/love.jpg" alt="Red hearts with wings" title="Photo by Erika Tricroche" /></a><div class="caption"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/26358240@N02/3931909203">Photo</a> by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/erika_tricroche/">Erika Tricroche</a></div></div> <p><strong>We just got an email from my mother-in-law that I am <em>sooo</em> excited about!</strong></p> <p>She works as a 1st grade teacher near Appleton, Wisconsin. When my wife and I were in Poland, we <a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/07/teaching-english-in-poland">worked as English teachers</a>. Although our students were a little older than hers, we set up a <em>penpal project</em> with her students in the USA.</p> <p>So, our students in Poland wrote letters to her students in the USA. Then they wrote back - and so on. I think both groups managed to write two letters in the course of a school year.</p> <p>My wife returned to the USA a few times to visit family. One of those times she went to her mother's class to talk about Poland. She told a few fairy tales about Kraków (from the book <a href="http://bookadvisor.eu/The-Legends-of-Cracow;s,book,id,377">Legends of Cracow</a>), including the one about the Wawel dragon. This was already almost two years ago.</p> <p><strong>Then, at the end of last month, Brooke, one of my mother-in-law's former students, wrote her a letter. This little girl - <em>who has no Polish heritage</em> - is still thinking about Poland! It appears we've managed to spread <a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/03/how-long-have-i-been-obsessed-with-poland">our love of Poland</a> to her.</strong></p> <p>I think it's contagious. ;-)</p> <p><strong>Read more to see her actual letter!</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2012/02/spreading-our-love-of-poland" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2012/02/spreading-our-love-of-poland#comments Brooke Poland Tue, 21 Feb 2012 16:00:00 +0000 David Snopek 122 at http://www.linguatrek.com Vlog: Spotkanie Kongresu Polonii Amerykańskiej i wiza dla Polaków http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2012/02/vlog-spotkanie-kongresu-polonii-ameryka%C5%84skiej-i-wiza-dla-polak%C3%B3w <p>W sobotę byłem na spotkaniu Kongresu Polonii Amerykańskiej. Nauczyłem się strasznie dużo na tym spotkaniu, mam o wiele więcej do powiedzenia na ten temat ale filmik już był dość długi, więc to będzie innym razem.</p> <p>Ale pewnie najbardziej ciekawe dla Was: <strong>jesteśmy najbliżej w historii do zniesienia wizy dla Polaków!</strong></p> <p><object width="510" height="311"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/rkvRzMhcl5s?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" /><param name="wmode" value="opaque" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/rkvRzMhcl5s?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="510" height="311" wmode="opaque" ></embed></object></p> <p>Oto jest <a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/12/vlog-kongres-polonii-ameryka%C5%84skiej">mój pierwszy filmik</a> na temat Kongresu.</p> <p><strong>Czytaj transkrypcję poniżej!</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2012/02/vlog-spotkanie-kongresu-polonii-ameryka%C5%84skiej-i-wiza-dla-polak%C3%B3w" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2012/02/vlog-spotkanie-kongresu-polonii-ameryka%C5%84skiej-i-wiza-dla-polak%C3%B3w#comments USA vlog Tue, 07 Feb 2012 15:10:16 +0000 David Snopek 115 at http://www.linguatrek.com Mail: Stereotypy o Polakach http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/12/mail-stereotypy-o-polakach <div class="diag align-right" style="float: right; width: 160px; margin: 10px 0 10px 10px"><a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/sites/www.linguatrek.com/files/imagecache/Large/image/2011/12/z_krakowskie.jpg" rel="lightbox"><img src="http://www.linguatrek.com/sites/www.linguatrek.com/files/imagecache/Small/image/2011/12/z_krakowskie.jpg" alt="Polacy tancerzy w stroju krakowskim" title="" /></a></div> <p><strong>To jest pierwszy artykuł z <a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/tags/mailbag">serii</a>, który jest bezpośrednio wzięty z ogromnej ilości maili, które dostaję na temat nauki języków, Stanów i Polski.</strong></p> <p>Kilka dni temu dostałem ten mail:</p> <blockquote> <p>Witam David.</p> <p>Chciałbym zadać ci jedno pytanie odnośnie stereotypów o Polakach. Nie wiem czy już o tym mówiłeś w swoich filmach(nie widzałem ich wszystkich bo jest ich całkiem sporo) więc jeśli już o tym mówiłeś to przepraszam. Więc...</p> <p>Tutaj w Polsce często słyszę, że Amerykanie, Niemcy, Brytyjczycy śmieją sie z nas, że kradnimy, że pijemy i wiele innych obraźliwych opini.</p> <p>Wiem, że kochasz Polske i wiem, że masz o nas dobrą opinie ale czy słyszałeś żeby inni Amerykanie mówili tak o nas? Jestem bardzo ciekaw czy jest to prawda, że mamy tak złą opinie za granicą. Z niecierpliwościa czekam na odpowiedź. Pozdrawiam.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Czytaj dalej, żeby poznać moją odpowiedź!</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/12/mail-stereotypy-o-polakach" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/12/mail-stereotypy-o-polakach#comments Polish Stereotypes Poland Fri, 30 Dec 2011 14:20:00 +0000 David Snopek 109 at http://www.linguatrek.com Vlog: Kongres Polonii Amerykańskiej http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/12/vlog-kongres-polonii-ameryka%C5%84skiej <p>Tydzień temu spotkałem się z prezesem Kongresu Polonii Amerykańskiej w Wisconsin na kawę. W tym filmiku mówię o tym, czego się nauczyłem o tej organizacji!</p> <object width="510" height="311"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/ej83Q1lqB5U?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" /><param name="wmode" value="opaque" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/ej83Q1lqB5U?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="510" height="311" wmode="opaque" ></embed></object> <p>Proszę podaj mi poprawki w serwisie Lang-8 <a href="http://lang-8.com/10069/journals/1235198/Vlog%253A-Kongres-Polonii-Ameryka%25C5%2584skiej">tutaj</a>.</p> <p>Linki do więcej informacji:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.pac1944.org/">http://www.pac1944.org/</a></li> <li><a href="http://pacwisconsin.com/">http://pacwisconsin.com/</a></li> </ul> <p><strong>Czytaj transkrypcję poniżej!</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/12/vlog-kongres-polonii-ameryka%C5%84skiej" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.linguatrek.com/blog/2011/12/vlog-kongres-polonii-ameryka%C5%84skiej#comments USA vlog Wed, 21 Dec 2011 14:00:00 +0000 David Snopek 106 at http://www.linguatrek.com