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co to jest?

1 December, 2011

This afternoon, I headed to the faculty copy center at the university to make some copies for class.

I approached the window, original document in hand, and greeted the women behind the counter in Polish.  I told her my name and that I would like copies for class.

She responded to me in very rapid Polish, the only words I was able to catch were “nie” and “studentów,” or basically, no students.

In my very limited Polish, I tried to explain that I am not a student, but rather an English lecturer and gave her the section numbers of my classes along with my name again.

She responded in the same way, but this time, appearing to be quite annoyed.

I stressed the lecturer part again, and repeated my name.

Maybe she believed me this time, as she pulled out a list and checked it for my name.  Unfortunately, my name had not yet been added to this list because this is my first week at the university.

She then responded with a whole string of words, none of which I caught.  Her body language, however, made her easy to understand.

I laughed a little because the situation was awkward and said thanks and that I was going to the office.  She indicated that this was a good idea and accompanied me there, walking in first, and asking in an angry-sounding way “co to jest?” while pointing to me.

One of the secretaries explained that I am the new English lecturer and then they both apologized to me for the misunderstanding.  We all had a good laugh, and the two of us walked back upstairs with our arms around each other.

I have a feeling that my new friend in the copy center will remember me next time!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. The Mother permalink
    1 December, 2011 20:23

    This does not surprise me. After all, you do look like your twenty years old! How cute, you and your story!

  2. 1 December, 2011 20:41

    Oh, Morocco…

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