Polish: Once a lingua franca

Polish is one of the most significant Slavic languages in Europe and is known for its tongue twisters with the ‘sh’ or ‘sht’ sounds. A great example is the names of cities like Szczecin, Bydgoszcz, or Częstochowa. The Polish language survived hundreds of years of suppression during a time Poland didn’t exist on the map. Today Polish is also understood by Lithuanians and Ukrainians, and the language has reached many corners of the world, including the American city Chicago.


3 interesting facts about the Polish language

Polish is an Indo-European language, but its alphabet doesn’t use the letter “v” that is replaced by “w”.
A distinguishing feature of Polish is that, unlike other Slavic languages, it uses nasal vowels.
Polish was formerly a lingua franca because it had a political advantage in Central and Eastern Europe.

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Origin of the language

Polish is an Indo-European language and is very similar to Czech, Slovakian, and Ukrainian. Polish uses the Latin alphabet, like Slovakian and Czech, but its alphabet has 32 letters. The Polish language is considered a very difficult language to learn.


History of the language

The Polish language originated in the 10th century. Over the centuries, the language has been highly influenced by many other languages, like German, English, and even Italian. When the country was occupied by Russia and Prussia in the 18th and 19th centuries, the Polish language was suppressed.
Recently, Poland has become home to many new residents. Poland has many Ukrainian immigrants and refugees, especially since the Russian invasion. They are learning the language rather fast. Perhaps this is because the spoken languages of Polish and Ukrainian are similar. However, their writing systems are different as Ukrainian uses a Cyrillic alphabet and Polish uses Latin letters.

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Learning the language

An English speaker could require 1100 hours to learn Polish.

How to say 10 popular words and phrases in the Polish language

You can start learning the language with a brief introduction. It may be useful to learn how to say “hello,” “beautiful,” and “Merry Christmas” in the Polish language. However, if you need content writing in Polish, you might need a professional to help you out!

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Fun facts about the Polish language

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Mongolian terms

During conflicts with Genghis Khan during the 12th and 13th centuries, Mongolian terms were introduced into the Polish language.


The longest word

The longest Polish word has 45 letters. ”Dziewięćsetdziewięćdziesięcio

dziewięcionarodowościowego” means “999 nationalities.”

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No “Happy birthday” song

Poles do not sing “Happy Birthday” (Wszystkiego najlepszego z okazji urodzin) but sing “Sto Lat” which means “100 years”. The song is also popular at weddings or other occasions for celebrations.


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Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more so that we may fear less.

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When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people.

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Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in the right to do what we ought.

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