Polish, or język polski, is the national language of the European country of Poland; about 40 million people reside in Poland and claim it as their mother tongue, with another 12-15 million people around the world speaking it.
As a Slavic language, Polish can be a very useful one to know when traveling through Eastern Europe; besides the large country of Poland, Polish is similar to nearby languages, making it useful in the surrounding countries. The Czech and Slovak languages are probably the most similar, but Ukrainian is also understandable to the discerning ear.
English speakers may find, at first glance, that the Polish language is never to be learned. It is difficult, for most, but it is easier than it looks. Learn the Polish alphabet and its pronunciation HERE »
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