To whomever it may concern - I'm planning to go on a rather big cycling tour over central Europe with friends.
And nowe here's a question. Will a mixture of fluent English, French, decent Russian and German suffice to communicate with
Should I expect any particular/open hostility towards 4 Polish cyclists?
So far we've been to Belarus, Ukraine and Estonia, and there were no major problems.
I've been to Hungary once, though only in Budapest, Szentendre and Balaton, so people there did know some English, though also some knew Polish, which kinda surprised me.
Also, I guess that basic communication won't be a problem, but if we wanted to have a true conversation, how easy would it be to find a partner?
Won't there be problem with the "Slovak/Czech language is Polish just with funnier words... oh wait it isn't" trap? I've never actually met a Slovak or a Czech, only watched your cartoons which were either dubbed or didn't have any dialogues at all (Sąsiedzi, krtek)
We stayed one night in Budapest and everyone we came across there spoke English - the staff of the hostel, people in bars, and the Turkish guys in the kebab shop.
But we also spent two nights in Keszthely, a tiny little town on Lake Balaton. We met some girls there our age who spoke some English (not a huge amount). The staff at our campsite had some very rudimentary English if I remember. But I do remember we went to a restaurant and they spoke basically no English at all. But we still managed to order our meal (I think the menu had English translations) and lots of beers.
Actually those are the languages our whole group speaks :)
But i do know them, I learned English because it's the current lingua franca,
French because i have family there and been spending some time there,
Russian because i live in Eastern Poland (where noone invests) and to get prepared for rus-Anschluss. German - because ger-Anschluss and my mother is a teacher of both.
Fair enough, our concern about Hungary is gone then. Thanks for sharing.
well, languages are one of the very few things i grasped (and my family is generally multi-lingual, which helps a lot), i suppose there is sometihng i could be jelly about you (eg. comparing Baltic sea and your Beaches... there is no comparison)
unemployment in my area is 17%. people crave for jobs. if you'd start almost ANY business here and employ ppl, you'd be a regional hero, get some tax relief. labor here is rather cheap, land and real estate too. there is good road and rail connection, there is even a semi-operational airport (semi- because very close to Belarussian border, planes taking off almost cross it). You wouldn't make tons of gold, but you'd get some return and gratitude. Unless some ultra-nationalist "hurr-durr foreign capital" would oppose, which is unlikely