Polish your Polish

Polish is considered one of the most difficult languages to master, and yes, there's a speck of truth in that statement: this is all because of the language's structure, long history and heavy influences of neighbouring languages. Its magic lies in a funky mechanism called inflection, which in short is all about changing the ending of a word (eg. noun, adjective, numeral, pronoun) to match the form required by a verb or a governing noun. 

At first contact you will hear nothing but rustling of those /thsh/'s and /shtsh/'s but believe us, these are not present in all the words you need. If you feel that all that you hear is just a hodgepodge of meaningless sounds, try this:

proszę mówić powoli - /'pro-sheh 'moo-vitsh pah'voh-lee/ - please speak slowly

You'll be surprised to what extend Polish phraseology is based on international-sounding words that you can understand with a little effort.

Below is a short list of survival Polish phrases that might help you survive, at least until you find somebody who speaks some English. 

cześć /'tsheshtsh/ - hi!

dzień dobry /jen 'dob-rih/ - good morning

proszę /'prosheh/ - please

dziękuję /jen'koo-yah/ - thank you

przepraszam /psheh'pra-sham/ - sorry/excuse me

dwa piwa proszę /dva 'peeva 'prosheh/ - two beers please

gdzie jest ....? /'gje 'yest ..../ - where is ....?

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