Polish is the official language in Poland and is a Slavic language, written in Latin script. The contemporary variant of Polish spoken today originated somewhere in the 1700’s succeeding Old Polish which was first used somewhere during the 10th century. It most closely resembles Czech, Slovak and Serbian, although it differs significantly in terms of grammar and pronunciation. This is largely due to the fact that it was heavily influenced by Latin, French, German and Italian.
Today it is the sixth most spoken language in the European Union, with over 50 million speakers around the world. About 45 of those are native and 5 know it as a second language. Because of the heavy emigration periods such as the Second World War, there are millions of Polish people living across the world.
Polish, as any other Slavic language, is inherently more difficult for English speakers to learn. This is due to many factors such as the different alphabet, the grammar and the different sounds that aren’t used in English. This however, does not mean that learning Polish is an unachievable task.
Many sounds will initially sound completely the same to you, however don’t despair. With the right amount of practice you will slowly be able to start telling the difference. Learning the Polish alphabet as quickly as possible will also help out a lot. Although it might look confusing in the beginning, the vast majority of letters have corresponding ones in English. The few letters that don’t, usually resemble sounds we have in English. Another thing that will take more time to get used to is Polish grammar. It may seem tricky in the beginning but you will start getting the hang of it the more you practice.
Polish is certainly not the easiest language you can learn, however it is certainly manageable. Learning a language is more than just finding out how a few words translate and how to pronounce them. It’s about diving into a country's history, culture, and traditions. And when it comes to that, few places are as rich and intriguing as Poland.
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