The roots of the Polish language are far from the Germanic origins of English. It’s a language from an entirely different branch of the Indo-European language tree, meaning there is not much crossover between English and Polish vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation. For some English speakers, this may make Polish a bit of a challenge for beginners. However, it also may seem like a refreshingly clean slate for new language learners. And if you have familiarity with Latin, new learners may be able to easily pick up Polish as the Polish language derives a great deal of its vocabulary directly from Latin.
Polish is spoken by about 45 million native speakers. And one of the most fascinating facts about the language is how widely-spoken it is in Poland. More than 90% of the residents of Poland speak Polish as a first language, making it the most linguistically homogeneous in Europe. There are several regional Polish dialects, however most Polish speakers can easily understand one another.
The most important part of fluency in any language is to work on your pronunciation right out of the gate. Learning a few greetings, such as how to say hello in Polish, is a great way to begin working on your pronunciation at the start of your language learning journey. Test out a couple of these Polish greetings:
- Hello. = Cześć.
- Hey! = Hej!
- Good morning. = Dzień dobry.
- Good evening. = Dobry wieczór.
- How are you? = Jak się masz?
- It’s nice to meet you. = Miło cię poznać.
Learn Polish Greetings with Rosetta Stone
To learn the Polish language and thrive in real-world conversations, you’ll need a trusted language learning program that can help you get to this goal. Rosetta Stone has over 25 years of language learning experience, and knows that anyone can learn a new language such as Polish. We use a patented immersive methodology called Dynamic Immersion®, that will teach you the Polish language so that you are prepared to use it in everyday life. Our effective and convenient 10-minute language lessons fit into your daily routine easily, and can be completed anywhere and at any time using our award-winning mobile app. This ensures that practice becomes part of your daily routine.
A blend of technology-based learning and native-speaking tutors are used to simulate real-world immersion wherever you are. Each of our lessons is highly structured and designed to teach through patterns evident in all languages through various levels. Starting at level 1, we will help you build basic conversational skills. Then you will progress through each level until you reach Level 5 where you can confidently converse with native Polish speakers.
Pronunciation is a critical component of your success in learning Polish. The ability to refine your Polish pronunciation depends on immediate and accurate feedback on your pronunciation efforts. This is where Rosetta Stone’s patented speech-recognition engine, TruAccent™ comes in. This powerful engine provides immediate feedback on your pronunciation, so you can align your Polish accent with that of fluent speakers. TruAccent can be a very useful tool in helping you learn, understand, and be understood in Polish.
Getting your Polish pronunciation perfected will take some time. A key in your success is going to be practice. With that and Rosetta Stone, you’ll be speaking like a local in no time.
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Surround yourself with Polish whenever, wherever with the Rosetta Stone app .
Download a unit and knock it out on the train or a flight. Select a 5-10 minute lesson and sneak it in while you wait in line or for your ride to show up. And explore dynamic features, like Seek and Speak, where you can point at an object in the real world and get a translation .
The best part? You don’t have to choose between app or desktop. Both come with your subscription and sync, so you can switch between devices seamlessly.