Language Tips!

There's no getting away from it - Polish is a tough language to master: any early attempts at communication will have you sounding like you're whimpering, gargling and choking simultaneously. Many Poles, particularly the younger ones, speak a little English, but that's no excuse not to learn at least a few tortuous tongue-twisters, so we've included at the bottom of this page, a brief guide to get you started as well as the chance to listen to Polish words and phrases as they should sound!

Ok, with the help of our beginner's guide to Polish you may not be able to hold an in-depth conversation on the impact of globalisation on the world economy - however you might be able make a new friend who will help you through some of those hard-to-pronounce chat up lines!

There are a whole range of Polish words which look pretty similar to their English equivalents, so signs such as POLICJA, RESTAURACJA HOTEL and TAXI are hardly going to tax most travellers, but here are a handful of others that may be useful: Kawiarnia - Cafe
Herbaciarnia - Tea House
Ksiegarnia - Book Shop
Mieso - Butchery
Nabial - Dairy products
Sklep - Shop
Prasa - Newsagent
Dworzec - Station
Lotnisko - Airport

The Polish language uses the Latin alphabet as in English, however you will find a few extra letters, (formed from Latin letters but with an additional slash or hook), bringing the total to 32. A few letters you won't find are: q, v, and x. The only exception to this rule are direct translations from other languages (e.g. "fax') and, of course, slang and marketing-language.

If this brief foray into the world of Polski has you wanting more then maybe you should read up on language schools in Wroclaw. There are plenty of reputable schools offering excellent courses, and the chance to learn Polish in Poland is not to be missed!

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Katarina from Germany Reply Jan 18th, 2012

I can recommend very good Polish language school - Polonica. Located in Wroclaw, but they offer also summer courses in another cities in Poland.

gökhan from Turkey Reply Jan 10th, 2012

I know a wonderful girl who lives in Koszalin and i love Koszalin too much. It was a wonderful town to live and people are so so friendly. I miss Koszalin too much.

ROXY from Ireland Reply Dec 3rd, 2011

I have been to Wroclaw 2 times and its really beautiful city. So I have booked to go again in June for the Euros hoping that Ireland would at least play 1 match their. But alas no. So I would like to get a recomendation to know what is the best and the easiest to get to Poznan or Gdansk from their so I can go to Irish matches. I am looking forward to seeing the Greek, Czech, Russian and of course the Polish fans while I am their.

wida from Indonesia Reply Aug 2nd, 2011

I met a man from polland who travel to indonesia in train station. He is a nice guy and I showed him several places in jakarta :) I think polish really difficult but very interesting!hope someday could go to polland

zoe from United States Reply Jul 2nd, 2011

Brilliant!! Now i can write a letter to my brothers friend!!

riz from United Kingdom Reply Sep 8th, 2010

i like that

junaid from Pakistan Reply Aug 12th, 2010

hi everyone first of all ppl in POLAND are really good i really enjoyed my trip to POLAND..:) and i made new friends aswell sound ppl... cool..!!! so hope to come again :):)

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Monique from Poland Reply Feb 16th, 2010

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Ronan from Thailand Reply Jan 30th, 2010

I am Thai and gonna study Polish language at Wroclaw University. My class will start on 1st March. I hope that I will have many friends there. I wanna have friends from around the world.

terri from United Kingdom Reply Jan 13th, 2010

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Clara from Spain Reply Jan 11th, 2010

¡Hola!¿Algún recién llegado a Wroclaw? Si estáis buscando un buen sitio donde aprender polaco, os recomiendo Link. Es una escuela que está muy bien situada: en Plac Solny, ¡al lado de Rynek! Las profesoras son muy majas y el ambiente es inmejorable: grupos reducidos, con estudiantes de todas partes del mundo. Yo estoy aprendiendo rápido gracias a ellas. Además, las clases son muy dinámicas y divertidas. También está bastante bien de precio (depende del número de estudiantes por curso).

Clara from Spain Reply Jan 11th, 2010

Hi everyone!Are you new in Poland? If you are looking for a good place to learn polish I recommend you Link. Its a very nice school which is very well located in the city centre: in Plac Solny. Just close to Rynek! The teachers are great and helpful. So the students are. You´ll meet people from all over the world there ;) You´ll learn fast and the lessons are dinamic and funny. I´ve studied languages in another countries and this is one of the best schools! Price is also good: (it depends of the number of students). Pozdrowienie!

Anna from Poland Reply Nov 25th, 2009

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Meg from United Kingdom Reply Oct 30th, 2009

Hey you from Algieria. You know nothin about polish girls. They find you, algierians repulsive and want to throw up at the sight of people like you. So keep these hopeless comments for yourself n***a !

Bruno from Portugal Reply Sep 17th, 2009

You guys say its difficult, polish language? what do u think about portuguese? Buzi Malinka moja zona

Reza from Azerbaijan Reply Sep 17th, 2009

I want to know about the cheapest travel way from warsaw to wraclaw and how much does it

Okeke Adizu ,j from Nigeria Reply Sep 14th, 2009

I want to study in poland,i ve been admmited into one of the universities at wroclaw but seeing the language is very difficult to me.hope they speak english

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Jeremy Fisher from Italy Reply Jul 15th, 2009

Phrases are said too fast and not clearly enough for a beginner.

Mark from United Kingdom Reply Jul 15th, 2009

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faouzi_algeria from Algeria Reply Apr 27th, 2009

we are in 2009.every thing's clear now.for me isn't interesed point for say that pl is good or not.if we talking trully we will find that poland is poor country that some rich country as usa use poor poles for go fight in palestine.iraque or afghanestane..ets!cause of what!coz some thing name's zloty heheh.i don't been before in poland but i met a lot of poles.and realy some disgusting pp .and i'm realy afraid for be in poland some day cause all polish girls do sex like animals anywhere every where.coz of that there is some thing name's aids.!

faouzi_algeria from Algeria Reply Apr 27th, 2009

we are in 2009.every thing's clear now.for me isn't interesed point for say that pl is good or not.if we talking trully we will find that poland is poor country that some rich country as usa use poor poles for go fight in palestine.iraque or afghanestane..ets!cause of what!coz some thing name's zloty heheh.i don't been before in poland but i met a lot of poles.and realy some disgusting pp .and i'm realy afraid for be in poland some day cause all polish girls do sex like animals anywhere every where.coz of that there is some thing name's aids.!

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Macy from Brazil Reply Apr 16th, 2009

Hi guys!Looking for polish school? Head for LINK in the city centre. They're great!Really enjoyed the classes and the girls are so cool!Polecam:)

Ania from Canada Reply Apr 5th, 2009

czesc! bardzo mi sie podoba ta strona i chciala bym aby wiecej ludzi ja widzialo poniewarz naprwde pomamga w polskim jezyku!!!

Kuba from Poland Reply Mar 15th, 2009

Well, I was trying to speak some Norwegian once and I don't think it was any easier... Norway is a wonderfull country and people are very friedly as well, but the lenguage was horrible to learn... ;)Thank God, they all speak English...

Liv from Norway Reply Mar 1st, 2009

Oh, my good.. I'ts sooo hard to say words in polish.. But I absolutely LOVE Poland, and the guys there as well : x I know one hot guy called Mirek: ) Tesknie za toba, Mirek

Roger from United Kingdom Reply Feb 23rd, 2009

If you are looking for a good language course in Polish for a few days in Wroclaw, may I recommend Link Language school in Plac Solny - right in the heart of the old town. Give Marta Geller a call. She will sort you out a teacher and course to suit your level of ability and time you have to spare. It is also very good value for money.

Roger from United States Reply Feb 23rd, 2009

If you are looking for a good language course in Polish for a few days in Wroclaw, may I recommend Link Language school in Plac Solny - right in the heart of the old town. Give Marta Geller a call. She will sort you out a teacher and course to suit your level of ability and time you have to spare. It is also very good value for money.

THEMIS from Greece Reply Feb 5th, 2009

I LIKE POLAND VERY MUCH SO I WANT TO LEARN POLISH-MAYBE IN THE FUTURE I FIND A JOB HERE-PLEASE CONTACT ME-I AM GOOD IN EVERYTHING WHAT HAVE TO DO WITH PEOPLE-THANKS A LOT!

kamil from Poland Reply Feb 2nd, 2009

hi! anybody intrested in language tandem? I am polish student who wants to learn new language. ( especially german, spanish, french, italian)

gulsen from Turkey Reply Jan 16th, 2009

I'll come Wroclaw to study,polish sounds like very hard and similiar Russian,pronanciation of the words difficult to say and I hope people speak English

Piotr from Poland Reply Dec 10th, 2008

Awww, yeah one more. I'm stufy in UK... you know... very funny if fact that everyones want to know how to swear in polish they know how to say Fu**,Bit** etc., etc. And this is very funny how they doing it

Piotr from Poland Reply Dec 10th, 2008

Drop by tonight and I'll show you my stamp collection ..hhahaha....

Dejan from Serbia Reply Nov 12th, 2008

In spite of of all these comments about your "difficult" language. They are just lazy. Polish language is very easy for us Serbs. If some company need Serbian worker, call me :)

Andreas from Greece Reply Oct 24th, 2008

i looking for work in poland.i am a cook.thanks....

Zuzanna from Luxembourg Reply Sep 15th, 2008

I study in Wroclaw 3 years now & I love it...luckily I'm half polish so I speak the language and do not have to learn phrases like "Drop by tonight and I'll show you my stamp collection" by heart :)))) To the males: With this phrase NO POLISH girl will follow you anywhere ! :)))) Thanks for this website..it's great!

Stavros from Greece Reply Jul 14th, 2008

Dzien dobry! Your language is very very difficult, tell that to the Brits who say "it's Greek to me!". :-)

alan from Poland Reply Apr 3rd, 2008

Drop by tonight and I'll show you my stamp collection - is the best :)))

Krystyna Kalinowska from United States Reply Feb 15th, 2008

Milo mi bylo jako Wroclawiance ktora brzebywa w U.S.A. od 30-tu lat zapoznac sie ze strona Inernetowa wypowiadajaca sie i reklamujaca bardzo pieknie, zreszta tak jak miasto Wroclaw mowi samo za siebie jego charakterystycznym i malowniczym wygladem. Jestem bardzo dumna i kocham moje rodzinne miasto calym sercem. Spedzilam w nim prawie polowe swojego zycia i calym sercem i dusz co dwa lata powracam w odwiedziny i za kazdym razem jest coraz piekniejsze i bajecznie malownicze. Przykro tylko ze nie wszyscy podziwiaja jego zbytki, kulture, piekno i godna historyczna przynaleznosc Polski w ten sam sposub jak ja. Moze nalezalo by co niektorym otworzyc oczy i przypomniec-- kim jestesmy i skad sie wywodzimy????? Mala uwaga....nalezalo by sie zapoznac z prawdziwa historia Wroclawia/Polska a nie wypisywac bzdury i oszczerstwa.

DIMITRIS from Greece Reply Nov 11th, 2007

Your language is very difficult for me, as probably is the Greek language for you. Anyway I think people can communicate among them with many other ways , if there is good will.

Marcin from United States Reply Oct 23rd, 2007

These little audio clips are great! Really help a lot - thanks!

Smoki from Poland Reply Oct 1st, 2007

See you allegro :)

HORNIK from Poland Reply Sep 9th, 2007

dzien dobry dziekuje

boki from Croatia Reply Jul 11th, 2007

Za Agu & Karolu

Vex from Croatia Reply Jul 11th, 2007

cure cekajte nas,stizu Rossonero&Bianconero

boki from Croatia Reply Jul 11th, 2007

Kad ja i vedro doðemo tamo

jendrek from Poland Reply Apr 15th, 2007

tesknie za wroclawiem.maktos link na kamery uliczne??niech podesle;)

suzanna from Poland Reply Mar 2nd, 2007

iest super

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