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Learn Polish Online

We've put together a selection of material for English speakers interested in learning Polish as a foreign language. The material should enable you to use some basic Polish on your visit to Skwierzyna and the rest of Poland. 

Here are just a few interesting facts about the Polish language:

I - There are more than 46 million people who speak Polish in Poland. More than two million people speak Polish outside of Poland, in countries like Canada, the USA, the UK, and Germany. The United States alone has around one million Polish speakers!

II - Almost 99% of people living in Poland state that Polish is their mother tongue.

III - Polish includes many words taken from other languages. These include: Russian, Latin, French, German, Italian, and English. 

IV - The Polish alphabet has 32 letters, 9 vowels and 23 consonants:

a, ą, b, c, ć, d, e, ę, f, g, h, i, j, k, l, ł, m, n, ń, o, ó, p, r, s, ś, t, u, w, y, z, ź, ż

The letters q, v, x are not normally used in the Polish language except in words taken from English and other languages, e.g., fax, veto, cv.

V - Polish is often said to be one of the most difficult languages for English speakers to learn.  Particulary difficult is the pronunciation of sounds; and the complex gender system (with five genders!).

Polish English / English Polish Dictionary (an online bilingual Polish English dictionary)

Basic Polish Phrases (some of the most useful Polish phrases together with sound files so you can listen to the sounds of Polish!)

The Polish sound and spelling system (a pdf file which describes the basic principles behind sound and spelling system behind the Polish language)

Polish Grammar (a 76 page FREE beginners guide to Polish grammar from the University of Pittsburg)

Useful Polish Words (another vital easy to print pdf file of the most important 3000 Polish words with English translations)  

Learn Polish (learn Polish online for free. Downloadable audio files. Learn the most useful words and phrases in the Polish language)

Polish Short Stories (a series of interesting short stories written for intermediate learners of Polish)

 


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