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  1. Han Bouman

    Please check nr. 95 of
    Polish grammar verbs present tense exercises 7

    Further I recommend the Uwspolczesniony Nowy Testament Biblii Gdanskiej. This is a very good, literal en modern translation of the Polish Bible. People can download a free pdf from, or the electronic version at After downloading e-Sword they can make their own parallel Bible for Bible study or learning Polish.

    Han Bouman

  2. Todd Sparks

    You mention “With time they can make a case more based on special consideration, than exact transference of Polish citizenship.” Do you mean that sometimes they will recognize Polish citizenship even if someone doesn’t meet the strict requirements of the law? I ask because by Grandmother was born in the US but was a Polish citizen. I have been told that my Grandmother was a dual citizen.Her parents were polish citizens when she was born in 1922 and they did not become US citizens until 1926. She married a man who was a dual Polish-American citizen and had 3 children with him. They would be Polish citizens as well as Americans. She divorced her first husband and married my Grandfather who is only an American citizen. Some say she lost her citizenship when she married my Grandfather in 1949. Some disagree and say she kept her Polish citizenship. I don’t know who is right. But I am told that even if she kept her citizenship that she could not pass it on until 1951 when the law changed and allowed married women to pass citizenship on. My Mother was born in America in 1950, just a year before she could have been a Polish citizen. Her 3 older half siblings are Poles, her mother is a Pole, her younger sister is a Pole, but my Mother is not. It seems a bit unfair. But, according to the law, that’s the way it works. In your opinion, do they make exceptions? I would like to get citizenship for her, myself, and my children. I am a successful attorney and I do not need to go to Poland for financial reasons. I am doing very well in the US. Rather, Polish citizenship is important to us for sentimental reasons. I was raised with my Polish grandmother. We sent care packages to her cousins back when the communists ruled and it was hard for them to get things that they needed in the stores. We are Poles and just want the recognition. What are your thoughts?

    1. Mark Biernat

      I understand your desire for citizenship. I 100% on your side and want you to get it. However, unless you can confirmed to be a Polish citizen through an uninterrupted bloodline based usually thought the male, you have to be living in the territory of Poland. Can you image an someone wanting to be an American citizen and not living in the USA, it would be impossible. So even though I am on your side and you could always try, I think it might not be possible.

  3. Merey

    Hi Mark.

    I have question regarding visa.

    I received work permit in Poland and applied for polish national visa. My wife currently has not yet found job in Poland. Could you please advise how she can legally visit Poland?

    Best regards,

  4. James Adams

    This may seem like an impossible question to answer, but i know its hard to say exact, but how much money should a person earn to live modest life style in Warsaw if they have no room mate?

    It’s my understanding the cost of living is much less in Poland than the U.S.

    I will be on my own and not likely to have a roommate for a year or two


    1. Mark Biernat

      You need $1,500 dollars a month to live a reasonable life in Poland. But it depends on what kind of person you are. I could live for under $1,000 others need $3,000.

      1. Joshua Brande

        Hello, I am trying to do the cost of living exchange. You suggested $1,500 a month for a reasonable living in Poland. Would 4,000 Ztoly a month be adaquite? I would be. living alone. What assistance, if any is there in terms of social welfare is there for a single retired person 70+? Thank you.

  5. Joshua Brande

    Hello, I am a retired American and Irish citizen. Is it easier or different in obtaining Polish citizenship or “green card?” Thak you

  6. Isa Aron

    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog! I will be coming to Warsaw and Krakow for a week in July. Can you recommend a novel (in an Englsh translation) about contemporary life in Poland, so I can get in the mood?

    1. Mark Biernat

      I enjoy anything by Stanislaw Lem, although not about Poland, they are such interesting books, that show the depth of the Polish literary mind.

      1. Mark Biernat

        James Michener called Poland,is a good book. Henryk Sienkiewicz Fire and Sword is epic, it depends what you like, I can give you more modern authors.

  7. Miranda

    I tried to find details on how you gained a visa to live in Poland but I was unable to find it. How do you live their full time? I have been looking all over the internet and it seems hard to live there for more that the 90 days. I want to get a job there but from what I’ve been told by recruiters in Poland it’s a lot to apply for a work visa. I’m just trying to get an idea of how hard/easy it is.

    1. Mark Biernat

      You need a visa. Work is the easiest.

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