You may have heard that Polish people complain a lot. And it’s true. It’s like a national pastime. The important thing to remember is that people complain as a way to bond, greet each other, feel comfortable around each other. It makes them feel like they can relate to one other because they have the same problems. Having a history of hard times after hard times, it makes sense. And anyway, everyone complains, right? But Poles have their own special complaints, tailored to the issues we often face here. Let’s take a look.
The weather. If you don’t like small talking about the weather, don’t even think about coming here. Because people don’t really start conversations with “how are you?” this is a common way of starting a conversation. Get used to it. Welcome to my day, a least 8 times.
How much something costs. Of course everything costs too much. Flats, cars, gas, clothes, all things which cost more in Poland than in America. With low salaries and high costs/taxes, it’s not hard to understand why this is a common complaint.
The fact that English has so many tenses. Ok so maybe this is just because of my job but please stop complaining to me about things I can’t change in the English language. It wasn’t me who created them!! Take a moment to consider the complexity of the Polish language… that’s something to complain about.
Politics. The problem with politics in Poland is that most people feel as if there are no decent options, so even during election season people don’t seem terribly enthused about one candidate or another. I guess they’re just jaded. Fortunately, that makes it so there’s always good material for complaining.
Long lines at the doctor. Truth be told, this is something to complain about. If you want to go to the GP, you of course have to wait some amount of time before seeing the doctor. I think that’s pretty much normal everywhere. Annoyingly, in Poland, there’s like no such thing as appointments for the doctor, it’s just a matter of who gets there first. As for specialists, there’s probably a figurative line meaning you have to wait a couple months before seeing someone. That’s public health care.
Products made for the Polish market. People seem to think that they’re literally the worst on Earth. This is something I’ve thought about a lot, for god knows why. But honestly I was just trying to figure out where this idea comes from. People truly believe if something was produced for a different market, especially the German one, that it’s much higher quality than in Poland. This may be true for various reasons. Maybe the product is cheaper here or maybe the norms are different for different countries? Either way, this is a strong belief. That’s why so many products tout German quality and for sure they sell better.
Nowadays I’ve become to polonized that it doesn’t bother me, but when I first moved here, it was hard to deal with the negativity in the place of the positivity I expected. You can especially hear me complaining about the weather along with everyone else. So what do you complain about? Did I miss anything in your expert opinions?