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Thursday, March 29, 2012

My Digs: Hipsters

Hi guys

I hope that spring has been treating you well.

Today I would like to talk about hipsters but before I go any further and offend anyone, let me explain one thing.

hipster glasses


To me there is nothing wrong with labels as long as they are playful and harmless. I myself have been called a 'class clown', 'a hipster', and a 'teacher' and although at first I found those labels mildly offensive, eventually I was able to laugh them off. You probably wonder who a 'teacher' is. HAHA. I'm not telling you. Figure it out on your own ;). Those who know me are probably nodding in approval though :P.

a label – etykietka
playful – żartobliwy
harmless – nieszkodliwy, niewinny
a class clown – błazen klasowy
mildly offensive – trochę obraźliwe
eventually – ostatecznie
to laugh something off – śmiać się z czegoś
to figure something out – domyślić się czegoś
to nod – kiwać głową
in approval – z aprobatą, zgadzając się


Here's a conversation I had the other day. It's about a pub/ bar in Poznań, Poland.

Friend: So how do you like this place?
Me: Yeah, I guess it's cool. I like the décor. If only there weren't so many hipsters here.
Friend: Hipsters?
Me: Yep, hipsters. Take a good look around you.
a few seconds pass
Friend: I guess you're right. Why didn't I see it before?
Me: I'm asking myself that too. <laughter>.

A pub (British English) and a bar (American English) are the same thing.
décor – wystrój
I'm asking myself that too. – Sama się zastanawiam.


I'm not going to reveal the name of the place in case I want to go there again. But if anyone is curious, its name starts with the letter M and it's the longer one. Sounds cryptic? It's supposed to ;)

to reveal – ujawniać
curious – ciekawi
cryptic – zagadkowy, tajemniczy
It's supposed to. – tut. Właśnie takie ma być.

Ok, but who are hipsters? They're those art major people who wear thick-rimmed glasses and mix second-hand patterned shirts (striped, checked, floral) with ZARA and H&M trousers (or the other way round). They like to think of themselves as unique and edgy. That's why in pretty much every conversation they name-drop philosophers, musicians and authors that you have never heard of and have no interest in. They go to cinemas with chairs that hurt your bum and gravitate towards bohemian pubs. They also insist on using iPhones and wearing cool trainers. Really edgy.

But that's just about hipsters in Poland. American hipsters have gone well past that.

art major people – studenci ASP ;)
thick-rimmed (glasses) – (okulary) w grubych oprawkach
patterned – wzorzyste
striped – w paski
checked – w kratkę
floral – w kwiaty
edgy – z (zadziornym) charakterem
to name-drop – rzucać znanymi nazwiskami
a bum – pupa
to gravitate towards – lgnąć do
to insist on doing something – upierać się przy czymś, robić coś zawsze
They have gone well past that. – Zaszli o wiele dalej.



Hipsters enjoy the unknown and the obscure. They stop liking a band or an author as soon as they become popular.
(The text in blue are quotes from Shit Hipsters Say videos on YouTube).

I liked it before it was popular.

You probably never heard of it.

Hey, I might start using a discman again.

No, I don't have a Facebook.

Their first album was better.

the unknown – wszystko co nieznane
the obscure – rzeczy mało znane, niejasne, ukryte


Hipsters have a smug sense of superiority. They are so self-absorbed that every one of them has a blog in which they share their enlightened views with the uncool public and other hipsters, whom they secretly despise. They don't dance at concerts and enjoy foreign films with subtitles.

It totally sounds better on vinyl.

Do you wanna start a band?

Vinyl sounds so clear.

Usually when I have to bring a girl back to my place, like to gauge where she's at, I put on Nickelback and if she likes it, I kick her out.

Have you read my blog?

pretentious – pretensjonalny
smug – zadowolony z siebie
a sense of superiority – poczucie wyższości
self-absorbed – pochłonięci sobą
enlightened – oświecone
to despise – gardzić
foreign films with subtitles – zagraniczne filmy z napisami
a vinyl – płyta winylowa
put on (music) – włączyć
to gauge – ocenić, zmierzyć
where she's at – jaka jest, jakiej muzyki słucha
to kick somebody out – wyrzucić kogoś (z domu)


Hipsters support independent artists and choose fair-trade organic produce over regular people food. They tend to be skinny and “are usually less than 5% body fat”. They also eat children's cereal.

Do you guys have a vegan menu?

Do you know if this is organic?

independent – niezależny
fair-trade – sprawiedliwy handel, fair-trade
organic – ekologiczna
produce – nieprzetworzona żywność
regular people food – jedzenie dla normalnych ludzi
cereal – płatki
vegan – wegańskie


Every hipster needs a camera. They'll take pictures, put them in black and white and they're automatically photographers. You will find them “crawling around in the woods taking photographs of dead leafs.”

I will totally instagram this.

to crawl – czołgać się
to instagram something – zrobić czemuś zdjęcie i wstawić je na stronę Instagram.com


'They also write – most will attempt poetry, or a novel, which will be set in a far-off fantasy world with characters named "Takeshi" and "Riku".'

Would you mind proofreading my novel?

wannabe artist – pozujący na artystę
to attempt – próbować (swoich sił w)
a novel – powieść
set – tut. toczyć się (o akcji)
far-off – odległy
to proofread – dokonywać korekty

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

How Do I Say It in English: zrzucić się na coś

Hello ;)

This post may prove useful if:

  • you need to buy your best friend a present and you're broke;
  • you're going to drive somewhere distant and need someone to share the petrol expenses;
  • you're about to get pizza and there are people around;
  • it's Mother's Day and you've got siblings;
  • you've just put on your credit card an extremely expensive vase for your boss;
  • there's a party on Friday and you're a student or a struggling artist or
  • you have ever wondered how to say “zrzucić się na coś' in English.

broke – spłukany
petrol expenses/ gas expenses – wydatki na paliwo
get – tut. kupić
siblings – rodzeństwo
put something on your credit card – zapłacić za coś kartą kredytową
a vase – wazon
struggling – borykający się
to wonder – zastanawiać się


We all chipped in and bought flowers for the secretaries.

They all chipped in 50 pounds and bought their mother a trip to Greece.

Why don't we all chip in 10 dollars to hire a hit man to get you when you sleep? (said sarcastically)

On top of this, last week she threw a party for her 18th birthday and asked us all to chip in five pounds for the drinks.

to hire – wynająć, zatrudnić
a hit man – płatny morderca
on top of this – w dodatku


We all kicked in to cover the expense of the phone calls, which in the 80's were expensive.

We all kicked in money for the van and each threw in another 5 for Justin to stay sober and drive us around all day. Justin made 45 dollars!

Everyone brought their own entrée that could be grilled and we all kicked in on the veggies and desserts.

to cover (the expense of) – pokryć koszt
the 80's –lata osiemdziesiąte
to throw in – dorzucić
to stay sober – pozostać trzeźwym
entrée – danie główne
to grill - piec
veggies – vegetables – warzywa


We all need to pitch in 2 dollars to fix Kaitlin's phone because that H key is pissing me off .

I figure if I can get 500 people to pitch in 2 dollars, I can raise the $1000.

Everyone will pitch in 5 dollars and we'll buy an island somewhere and we can party with glow sticks and Nutella forever on our island.

If cost is an issue, I would suggest every racer pitch in 5 quid and I'm sure you would be able to fund the purchase.

to fix – naprawić
to piss someone off – wkurzać kogoś
I figure – tak sobie myślę
to raise (money) – uzbierać
an issue – problem
a racer – uczestnik wyścigu
quid – funt(y)
to fund – sfinansować
a purchase – zakup

glow sticks

a glow party pack


The keg is a great option if you can get everyone to throw down 5 dollars beforehand or at the door.

I threw down forty dollars when the bill came last night.

New FLYERS!!! Maybe if everyone at the next meet wants to throw down 2 dollars to help get them printed I would appreciate that
a keg  – beczka
beforehand – wcześniej
at the door – przed wejściem
flyers – ulotki
a meet – a meeting – spotkanie
I would appreciate that – Byłabym/byłbym wdzięczna/y

a beer keg


This English weather SUCKS! Let's all go splits on a Greek Island!

If she didn't offer to go splits on the 1st or 2nd date, there wouldn't be a 3rd, IMO.

I have a car so we could possibly go splits on gas or, if our timing works out to be different, drive separately.

to suck – być do bani
a date – randka
IMO – in my opinion
works out to be different – okaże się inny