Useful Polish Phrases for Travel

Polish alphabet

Polish alphabet

‘Tak’ is the Polish ‘yes’, to express ‘no’ you say ‘nie’, pronounced as ‘nyeh’. The Polish said ‘OK’ by saying ‘Dobrze’. Beyond the yes and no, we may want to ask some simple questions when the time and opportunity arise. For example, if you want to ask ‘What’ you say ‘Co’, to ask ‘Where’ you can say ‘Gdzie’ or ‘guh’. To ask ‘when’, you can ask ‘Kiedy’ and this is pronounced as ‘key yeh dey’. Why and how, so for ‘who’ you say ‘kto’ like ‘k’ and ‘toe’, k-toe. In Poland, hopefully you can understand the answers but otherwise, it might be hard when you ask them why. They gonna tell you the reason all in Polish and that will be difficult, so as the Polish ‘Dlaczego’ wisely. It sounds like ‘diah-che-go’ and the other that will return a longer answer in Polish is ‘Jak’ which means ‘how’. It is pronounced like ‘yak’.

Polish Greetings

Other than these basic questions, greetings is a must to know. The first is the greeting anyone ‘Good day’, you can say ‘dzien dobry’, like saying ‘jean-dough-bree’. Dzien dobry is even greeted at night, that is how universal it is. The Polish ‘Hi’ is just ‘Czesc’ and you use it with friends, they also say ‘bye’ using this same ‘hi’. Italians say ‘Ciao’ very informally and this has the same application. But if you want to be formal a little and want to say ‘good bye’, you got to say ‘Do Widzenia’ like ‘dough-wid-zen-ya’. Ther other very important expression to learn for tourist and travelers is ‘I don’t speak Polish’. This polite answer is said “Nie mowie po polsku”, and it sounds like ‘nie-moovie-po-pole-sku’ and if you want to add that you speak English, youc an say, “Mowie po angielsku” like saying “moovie-po-angielsku”.

Body Language

Polish basics

Polish basics

You may expression that you don’t understand with a shaking of your head, making that eye contact as if you do not understand to show that you don’t understand. Or a nicer way would be to speak up and say ‘Nie rozumiem’ like saying “nie-row-zoo-me-m’. If you need some help, you can just ask by saying ‘Prosze mi pomoc’. This would mainly be for any tourist emergencies, something when is unexpected and you say ‘prozse-me-po-moats’ and this would exactly signal ‘help!’ If you ask ‘Prosze to napisac’ that means to write it down, the word write is ‘nah-pee-sach’. Have fun in Poland and hope these practical phrases and expressions help you get through most of the days when you will be there.

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