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Speak Polish Instantly

Updated on March 31, 2016

Język Polski

If you never go to Poland in your life doesn't mean you will never meet a Polish person. They are a nation who love to travel and I'm sure if you searched your hometown, it wouldn't be long before you came face to face with a Pole or someone who had Polish blood in their family.


Polish is a Slavic language from the Indo-European family of languages. Spoken mainly in Poland, but also on the bordering regions of Germany, Ukraine, Slovakia and the Czeck Republic. There are 40 million speakers of the language and if you know a Polish speaker, then why not, as with all the other languages, practise speaking these phrases with them. This article won't teach us the entire Polish language, but will provide us with 10 phrases that will be needed, eventually, during our stay. Speak Polish Instantly Using English Words To Help Pronunciation.

Exercise 1 : Hello

Let's begin with saying hello. This will, probably, be the first word you speak to everybody. I know there are formal greetings we can learn, but we are on vacation so we will use the informal word:


Try these English words to help with pronunciation: chest. For the Polish pronunciation say chest, but instead of "t" at the end replace it with "ch"; chesch. Throughout this lesson, where possible, we will hear a native speaker on video. Skipping to the relevant part, although I recommend listening to as much Polish as possible, just to get the feel of the language.

Polish phrase : Cześć.

What it means : Hello.

English words : chest.

Pronounced : chesch.

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Exercise 2 : Where Are The Toilets?

At some stage on our holiday we will need to know where the toilets are. For me it's usually when we arrive at our destination, in the airport or at the railway station. We already know how to say hello to someone. Now let's find out where the toilets are.

Gdzie jest toaleta?

In the English words pronunciation, if a letter "a" stands alone as it does below, then it is pronounced as "a" in "apple".

Polish phrase : Gdzie jest toaleta?

What it means : Where are the toilets?

English words : bay-west-sue-a-better.

Pronounced : jay-yest-two-a-letter

This next enchanting video also includes two other phrases; excuse me and thank you.

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Exercise 3 : Thank You

This is just a great word that we can use for thousands of situations.


Try these English words: ten-view-yeh.

Polish phrase : Dziękuję.

What it means : Thank you.

English words : ten-view-yeh.

Pronounced : jen-cue-yeh.

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Exercise 4 : Excuse me

Here is another phrase we are bound to use on our vacation. To attract someones attention in a shop or to pass somebody in a busy market. It is so much more polite than shouting "Beep Beep".


Polish phrase : Przepraszam.

What it means : Excuse me.

English words : bay-thrash-sham.

Pronounced : shay-prash-sham.

If you don't know how to say this phrase after this video, then give up ever trying to learn another language.

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Exercise 5 : How Much is it?

This phrase is essential for when we go shopping. We are bound to want to know the price of something sooner or later, especially on markets where you might end up bartering. It helps in shops or anywhere, where there is no price displayed.

Ile to kosztuje?

Try these English words: meal-joe-nosh-blue-yeh.

Polish phrase : Ile to kosztuje?

What it means : How much is it?

English words : meal-joe-nosh-blue-yeh.

Pronounced : eel-toe-cosh-two-yeh.

Exercise 6 : I Would Like

I would like or I want are always handy to know. Even if you only point to what it is that you need. The phrase to use is:


This phrase has a little idiosyncrasy that you will hear from the native speaker. Before the word is pronounced you must let a "H" sound. If you know any Polish speakers, try practising these phrases with them.

Polish phrase : Chciałbym.

What it means : I would like.

English words : H-cow-moo-rim.

Pronounced : H-chow-oo-bim.

Although I recommend watching the entire video to get a feel for the language, you can skip to 9:00 to hear this phrase.

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Exercise 7 : Drinks

Obviously we can't learn every single item we might want to buy while we're on our holidays, so we will narrow it down to some drinks we may want in a cafe or a bar. Hence there is quite a few words and phrases to get through.


We can see that the word for each drink changes when connected to "A cup of...".

Polish phrase : Filiżanka kawy...Filiżanka herbaty.

What it means : A cup of coffee...A cup of tea.

English words : pill-tanker--savy...pill-tanker-curb-party.

Pronounced :fill-janker--kavy...pill-tanker-herb-barty.

Polish phrase : Szklanka piwa...mleka...wina...wody.

What it means : A glass of

English words : plank-a--leave-a...pleck-a...mean-a...body.

Pronounced : shklenk-a--peev-a...mleck-a...vean-a...vody.

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Exercise 8 : Numbers

When we are ordering our drinks we might want more than one so we will need to learn some numbers. Here they are one to five.


Try these English words : dazz-spa-cher-terror-bench. The "a" in spa is pronounced as "a" in "apple".

Polish phrase : Raz...Dwa...Trzy...Cztery...Pięć.

What it means : One...Two...Three...Four...Five.

English words : dazz-spa-spur-berry-winch.

Pronounced : razz-dva-cher-shterry-pinch.

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Exercise 9 : The Bill / The Check

Unfortunately, in Poland they tend to charge you money for keeping you refreshed, when we have finished all our drinks we are going to have to pay. So we will need the bill.

Rachunek proszę

Polish phrase : Rachunek proszę

What it means : The bill, please / The check, please

English words : car-two-deck-slosh-now.

Pronounced : rah-oo-neck-prosh-how.

Return to the video in exercise 6 and skip to 3:19.



Exercise 10 : Goodbye

We began with hello so why don't we end with goodbye?

Do widzenia

Polish phrase : Do widzenia.

What it means : Goodbye.

English words : low-did-kenya.

Pronounced : doh-vid-zenya.

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Goodbye Poland

Sadly, our trip has come to an end. If you feel the English words aren't the right ones for you, then use your own. It is a good idea to practise speaking with a native speaker, if that's possible. Whatever you do, good luck!


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