Are Poles patient with foreigners trying to speak their language?
I live in NRW, Germany, and I find that one's grammar can be stinky, but generally people will understand your meaning and will answer. Only rarely will someone not make an attempt to understand. (Bus drivers seem to get rankled here easily.)
How is it in Poland?
Also, will they slow down their rate of speech for you? (In Spain they did not understand the concept of speaking slowly, it seemed. ,-))
In my experience: Yes, they are really lovely and appreciate every effort that you make.
I traveled to Poland three times, I spoke only very, very little Polish, but I wanted to say what I was able to say. I remember one waiter in a restaurant in Kraków in particular: I searched for the right cases for "I'd like to have a vegetarian salad", I got them right, and he looked at me as if I was his little daughter who just recited a poem beautifully! :-) I loved that moment.
I can't remember any instances of people getting impatient. (However, I never tried my skills on bus drivers or other people working under time pressure; I can understand that they want to get their job done quickly, so they may not be the best test specimens ;-)).
Wszystkiego najlepszego! :-)
Extremely, and if you're talking to a stranger, they'll never correct you; they just try to understand. In my experience, they were patient and helpful with foreigners in general, even for things that didn't involve verbal errors, such as having no idea how to buy a tram ticket or bread. And it doesn't take much Polish to buy 1z wheat beers!
Yes, they can be very patient with you depending upon the situation. Say, its a situation where you say a phrase word or letter wrong. They will correct the mistake but ignore it at the same time; however, people like bus drivers and taxis may just want you to hurry so they can have a life instead of just driving that bus around. You don't necessarily have to rush your words but if you can learn certain things to say that might the point across then maybe the bus driver/ taxi situation won't be so bad anymore! ;D Miłego dnia!
For sure, Poles love when foreigners give them attention. You can check how many views do the videos on youtube like 'reaction to the polish song' have. If someone is so brave, that he is trying to learn our language we will always appreciate it.
Poles love when foreigners try speak something in polisch :D Psche...psheprascham..ye this alweys make banana on face. And they will start to explaining slow and with gesticulation where something is. Bus driver generally dont like talk with people and they shouldn't. Moreover polish is flexible so e.g words order is not so..hmm..radical..only logick.
we are very happy when someone try to tell something in our native language! we don't look on speak speed, we just want to hear some words in polish from some foreigner!
Thanks for replies! I am encouraged! My bus experience was that I said the name only slightly wrong and the guy was like what the heck are you saying? Like he couldn't even guess. Luckily someone was going to the same stop and took me under their wing. When she pronounced the street name it was pretty close to what I said! Sadly, I have since seen that they are just not that helpful. Like, you can take this one bus to get near the hospital and because it doesn't get TO the hospital, they leave foreigners waiting for another bus. Even if their German is pretty good. I think it is just a game for them, a bit of a power play. Oh well.
What kind of bus did you take that you actually talked with the driver? Not a city bus, I guess... where was it?
Yes, city bus. I was trying to get to someone's house for a party. I looked at the map of the stops when I got there. Nowhere else could have been close, and he should have known his route.
However, as I said, I have seen them be unhelpful to others a few times. I think it is a low level power tripping thing, tbh. This was in the German state of Nordrhein-Westfalen.
If it was a city bus, then I'm surprised he talked to you at all instead of just brushing you off. I've lived in Poland all my life and I've only talked to a city bus driver once in my life, it was a night bus (they sometimes have different routes) and he was SO NOT HELPFUL. It's just something you don't do, I guess? You'll have much better luck talking to other passengers.
Mixed experience here. The bus drivers do seem to get into conversation easily with some ol' "salty dog" German types. And I have heard them patiently tell people how they could get to the hospital on a bus with a tiny bit of extra walking. But often they just say "no, take bus number xxx," because it goes there directly and they will not be bothered to spit out a couple of extra statements for clarity: "go to the corner, turn left and you will get there."
Anyway, yeah, thanks for the hint about talking to other passengers. Still, to find out what bus to GET on, that takes talking with the driver.
When I lived in the UK (Yorkshire) for a few months that was indeed true, you got on the bus and told the driver where you wanted to go and he gave you a correct ticket and a hint or two. In Poland, you'll still probably get a better experience if you just talk to the people on the bus or at the bus stop. If it's not some ungodly hour, you'll probably find some helpful soul or two. The plus is that you don't have to rush so much, after all, you aren't talking to the guy who has to get the bus to the next stop on time :). Asking people at the bus stop about which bus I should take and how to get to my destination in general always served me well in every Polish city I've visited (and in the one I live too) if I had to use public transport. Except maybe Wasraw - I'm terrified of public transport there for some reason and tend to just reaserch the route and location that I'm going to on Google Maps reeeally well.
The idea of asking the driver how to get somewhere is very strange for me, his job is to drive and there's no reason to even expect that he knows how to get somewhere. Besides, he is supposed to be focused on the road. I didn't pay attention to it for a long time, but I believe that it's forbidden to talk to the bus driver in Poland without a super important reason.
Besides, almost everyone has a smartphone with internet nowadays, so in most of the bigger cities you just go to jakdojade.pl and check the route yourself.