23 Nov 2023

Intercultural Workshop: "Unravelling Slavic Culture Through Language: Exploring Polish Culinary History"

Paderewski Hall
Natolin (Warsaw) Campus

On 23 November 2023, the Languages and Intercultural Dialogue Office will host its second intercultural workshop, focusing on Slavic languages. The event is part of a series designed to enable students to explore various languages and understand how they reflect culture. 

During the workshop, several intriguing questions will be addressed: Why, unlike in other Slavic languages, do we call tea herbata? Is it true that dumplings used to be an appetizer? Which baked good was a gift for a woman after giving birth? Did pierogi ruskie really originate in Russia?

The Polish culinary lexis, influenced by Latin, Italian, French, German, Turkish, Arabic and Dutch, not only mirrors centuries-old cultural, linguistic, and customary intermingling, but is also an archive of the evolutionary processes that have shaped the Polish language over time.

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