POLAND: Auction Site Goes Globally Viral With Holiday Ad Depicting Elderly Man Learning English [VIDEO]

You may need a tissue for this. The Independent reports:

A Polish Christmas advert, which has been viewed more than two-and-a-half million times, about a grandfather learning English is melting hearts worldwide. The advert, released by online auction website Allegro, starts with the elderly man receiving an “English For Beginners” audio set from the website.

He then sets about becoming fluent, by putting stickers on household objects and reciting phrases out loud. The advert shows the man reciting English during a series of amusing scenes – including saying “I love you” to a surprised woman sitting on the bus in front of him. The advert culminates in the real reason the man decided to pick up a new language.

(Tipped by JMG reader Gerard)

  • Lazycrockett

    Beautiful pup.

  • TK

    Very sweet. And thank goodness he din’t walk through the door and say, “I will fucking kill you.” :o)

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      It’s telling that’s a phrase to learn in English.

      • tcinsf

        watching tv and movies to learn English has its downside.

        • NancyP

          Yes, as does listening to opera in order to learn Italian…

        • Donnarblackman

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  • hdtex

    All the feels…

  • bkmn

    Thx Joe and Gerard. That was nice.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Why didn’t his son meet him at the airport?

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      That is kind of a millenial move, isn’t it? But with all the security and TSA nowadays, you can’t really go greet people at airports the way we used to do.

      • Johnny Wyeknot

        If I had gone to all the trouble to learn English and buy a new suitcase …

        • Lazycrockett

          Cause he would have spoken English at the airport and thus lessening the impact of speaking to his granddaughter.

          • EweTaw

            Thus ruining the commercial and destroying all our hopes and dreams.

  • Moebym, Resistance Pilot

    Cuter than a box of kittens.

    • AW

      That’s a really sweet story.

    • Dazzer

      When I was volunteering at the Londond Olympics I had a lotof interaction with the athletes. I bsically wanted to be able to say to most of them: “Welcome to London, good luck in the Games”.

      I know a little (sometimes intensely little) of a lot of languages, so I managed to just about get by.

      We had a North Korean athlete in one event and I just wanted tobe friendly, so I asked one of the Korean interpreters how to say it – copied it down phoenetically and repeated it until the interpreter was happy with my pronounciation.

      So the next time I saw the North Korean competitor I repeated the phrase and gave her my biggest smile. Hermouth fell open, she dropped her kit and immediately ran off to see her coach.

      It was then that I remembered all the interpreters in Korean were from the south. I have no idea what I actually said to her, but the same day the North Korean coach requested that no-one from our team had anything to do with his athletes.

      • Moebym, Resistance Pilot


      • DaveW

        Great story. Maybe you invited her to stay. I’ve made a point to learn the basics where I go. Usually hello, thank you, please. blow job? (Ha ha)

        I said thank you in Dutch to a gate agent in Berlin a few weeks ago. I laughed and said “Oops that was Dutch”. She replied in perfect English “I know it was”. And gave me a huge smile. People appreciate the effort even if it’s horribly delivered. I got a nice compliment on my Spanish which I do speak but rarely use last week. I apologized in a store (after being happy I remembered gemeles for cufflinks, how often did I use that word ?) for my rusty Spanish. The clerk said she understood me perfectly. Then ranted about Trump!

        • Gregory In Seattle

          That has been my experience, too. I remember a visit to Munich some years ago. I knew enough German to be polite, and to ask if they spoke English, Esperanto or French. As often as not, they didn’t, but me making the effort put them in a good mood and we could eventually muddle through with my translation dictionary.

          I did try to learn Dutch once. The experience was like trying to gargle thistles.

          • William

            Nobody can explain to me why Dutch spoken by Dutch people sounds like gibberish played backwards and yet Belgian Dutch (Flemish) is clearly understandable. Dutch and Belgian people have told me the language is the same.

        • I used to do a lot of work in Germany, and when returning to the States, I was always fascinated by the way the airport staff would decide in what language to address someone standing in line at the ticket counter. By that time, my German was functional enough for me to respond to them in German even if they addressed me in English. As you recall, I’m American Indian. One day I was patiently in line and a blonde woman who looked like she was cast in an old military movie, came up to me and asked, “Do you speak English?”
          “Fluently,” I responded (btw, English isn’t my first langauge–Tiwa is).
          “Would you help us with a problem dealing with translation?”
          Intrigued, I followed her and she brought me to an elderly Japanese gentleman.
          “None of us here speak Japanese,” she explained.
          “I can order him dinner in Japanese, but that’s about the best I can do.”

          I’ve frequently been mistaken for being Asian/Asian-American throughout my life, particularly if my hair is pulled back as opposed to the way I usually wear it in braids. My first week in Seattle for grad school, I went to a restaurant for lunch and a young white woman came us and asked, “Are you Paul?”
          When I said I wasn’t, she said, “I’m supposed to meet my girlfriend’s boyfriend here and all I know about him is that he’s Filipino and a flashy dresser.”

      • TheManicMechanic

        Unbeknownst to you, you probably said something to the effect “Your leader has ass the size of open golf umbrella.”

    • DaveW

      I’m not surprised. On a very short visit I found the people in Beijing very welcoming. I was alone for two days, basically in transit. At one restaurant the charming host sat with me and chatted practicing his English while I had a drink before ordering. (I had a Duvel, a common beer we don’t often see in the US. Such a global city!) He was cute. Too bad his girlfriend also worked there.

  • BobSF_94117

    I did NOT see that coming.

    • tcinsf

      I thought it was going to be meeting his son’s boyfriend.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    What will Breitbart have to say about this commercial? I already know and I don’t care.

  • Elsewhere1010


  • Roger

    Really Really sweet!!

  • TheManicMechanic

    Awww, so sweeeet!

  • Gustav2

    Trump tweet:

    Damn, another illegal who will overstay his visa.

  • EweTaw

    Czego szukasz. Now I know how to say “what are you looking for” in Polish. I will practice the Polish while I polish the my coffee table.

    • The_Wretched

      I have no idea how to say Cz or Sz sounds or how they are different.

      • PickyPecker

        Hubby and I spent about a month in Poland several years ago…sightseeing and visiting long-lost relatives. We were lucky enough to have a local woman who had studied in the UK as a translator, so we learned many of the strange little twists of pronunciation. Of course, as a language immersion experience…..I was just getting the hang of things by the time we were set to leave.
        PS. Astoundingly beautiful country. Friendly, intelligent people (most do not speak English, but want to learn so badly) and GREAT food!

        • TuuxKabin

          I hosted a Polish student, mid ’70’s, he taught me “guest in house god in house” / “Gość w domu Bożym w domu” a traditional expression for their hospitality. I also worked with several Poles in London in the early ’70’s, lots of warm memories of spending holidays in their company.

        • William

          I found the Poles were annoyed when I spoke German, and got more annoyed when I spoke Russian. Very few people could understand English. I did get a nice Polish lad to teach me how to order a coffee in Polish.

      • Phillip in L.A.

        ‘Czego szukasz’ is pronounced like “chego shukash” (more or less): ‘What (gen.) are you (fam.) looking for”

        • Brian in Valdosta


          • Phillip in L.A.

            Love those nasal vowels in Lekhitic languages like Polish, Brian!

            I wonder if the verb comes from the same root as Russ. ищить(ся)?

  • clay

    Spoiler warning:


    [no hot bulbs on unattended holiday shrubberies]

  • tcinsf

    Goddam onions.

    • MichaelJ

      As someone who’s only a generation away from “the old country” and has struggled to communicate with relatives in their native language, this really did move me.

    • Luddite

      Oh yes. Tears went down my face.

  • Mrs. Councillor Nugent

    “My hovercraft is full of eels.”

    • ByronK

      “If I told you you have a beautiful body, would you hold it against me?”

      • (((GC)))

        “My nipples explode with delight!”

    • Phillip in L.A.

      Would you like to come back to my place, bouncy bouncy?

      • Mrs. Councillor Nugent

        Please pull down your pants, I cannot wait until lunch.

        • Phillip in L.A.

          I believe those are “panties”–and the gentlemen in question has been knighted!

  • Marco


    I was thinking he was going to meet a handsome British gentleman for a weekend of Yuletide intercourse.

  • ColdCountry


  • Richard

    It reminds me of this Dutch ad


  • ByronK

    So adorable. Maybe because i’m under the weather but Obama, Polish commercials, Lady Gaga, I’m just leaking…

    • TuuxKabin

      Ahhh, tweetie, you’re not alone, funny, only my left eye is tearing. Sniffles working both nostrils tho. Hope you have a happy holiday season with lots of comfort and joy.

      • ByronK

        Thx TK. You too. I just need to get this bit of surgery out of the way first.

        • TuuxKabin

          Ouch. Hope it goes well for you. El HubCap and I are ‘with you.’ Hugs.

          • ByronK

            Thank you!! xo next monday

  • Ich versuche, Deutsch zu lernen.

    Putting post-its all over the place is how I’ve been trying to learn German vocab.

    • KCMC

      Meinst du dass, oder sagst du dass nur so?

      • Hopefully by mid-January I’ll be able to understand that.

        • TuuxKabin

          Keep at it. Maybe before, eh?

        • KCMC

          you mean that, or are you only saying that?

  • Sam_Handwich

    just happened to catch this on the teebee last night


    • PickyPecker

      is my favorite this year!!

  • Sam_Handwich

    this ad for Heathrow is adorable


    • ChrisMorley

      Heathrow is desperate for good warm fuzzy feels, since the government has just announced it will go ahead with plans for the 3rd runway and new terminal, creating fresh hell for Londoners in the way and under the flight paths. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expansion_of_Heathrow_Airport

      • DaveW

        I’ve come around and like heathrow. Of course I’m not under the flight path. The two new terminals are architectural horrors but as a traveler the shopping is great-so cheap (thanks brexit) and it’s an enjoyable layover. Last time I stuffed six shirts and two
        Hermes tie in An Already full bag, they were steals! The friendly sales guy helped me repack even.

      • William

        I liked the idea of a Thames Estuary airport. As far as Heathrow goes, I’ve always found it difficult to navigate upon arrival, after a minimum of 12 hours travel time. Departures for me always involve a hike to the absolute last gate in the most distant terminal.

        Gatwick is so much simpler, too bad the US carriers have stopped landing there. Gatwick should probably have another runway, but I’m staying out of that fight.

    • Homo Erectus

      Teddy Bears make good advertising subjects:

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      I thought it was going to be an ad for Paddington Station.

  • Phillip in L.A.

    Touching, funny, and in Polish & English–what could be better!

  • Lakeview Bob

    This man is adorable. Such a sweet video.

  • Dazzer

    This is one of my favourites this year. It stars Janet McTeer who is currently burning up the stage on Broadway in Liaisons Dangereuse:


  • DaveW

    Why can’t we say advertisement or delicious etc. this slang/drop syllables thing is annoying. Biopic sounds like a vision defect and totes sounds like a gay beach bag. It’s a mark of the decline of society. I hate eateries and all they stand for!

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Bah humbug

    • clay

      biopic– sounds like a biopsy conducted with a dental pick, not a comfortable combination.

  • seant426

    I knew what the payoff would be, but was worth watching, anyway. I miss my Polish grandpa.

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  • Brian in Valdosta

    Okay, you damn sh*theads …. now I’m crying!

    And I just got FINISHED crying about 20 minutes ago when I watched this amazing Aussie film called ‘Holding The Man’ (I recommend it, go watch it).

    That was such a beautiful little video. And I’m sorry for swearing.

    And you’re not sh*theads. You’re all wonderful. I love you, you big galoots.

    Now lea’me alone.

  • Skip Intro

    God, that destroyed me! I’m such a puss.