Poland Fact File
- Official Language: Polish
- Capital City: Warsaw
- Population: 37 million
- Currency: Polish złoty
- Government: Democratic
- Literacy: 98.74%
- Calling Code: +48
- Time Zone: GMT +1
- National Colours: White and Red
- Major Mountain Ranges: Rysy, Mięguszowiecki Szczyt Wielki, Mięguszowiecki Szczyt Czarny
- Major Rivers: The Vistula, the Odra, and the Pomeranian Rivers
Polish language, Polish Język Polski, West Slavic language belonging to the Lekhitic subgroup and closely related to Czech, Slovak, and the Sorbian languages of Eastern Germany; it is spoken by the majority of the present population of Poland.
The modern literary language, written in the Roman (Latin) alphabet, dates from the 16th century and was originally based on the dialects of the area around Poznań, in Western Poland. The first written Polish consists of a list of names in the Papal Bull issued in 1136 by Pope Innocent II to the archbishop of Gniezno; the oldest recorded sentence is a gloss translating a quotation in a document from 1270. Extant manuscripts containing any appreciable amount of connected Polish text date back no earlier than the 14th century.
Some Fascinating Polish Language Facts
- The most similar languages are Ukrainian, Czech, Slovak, Serbian, Belarusian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Macedonian, Russian, and Slovene. If you know Polish, it will be easier for you to learn one of these languages.
- The Polish language still uses “Sir” and “Miss” words – Pan/Pani. Although they sound old, you sound very polite and cultural.
- In Polish there are 32 letters, 9 of which are absolutely unique: ą, ć, ę, ł, ń ó, ś, ż, ż.
- In Polish, there are a lot of digraphs (pl. dwuznaki): cz, ch, sz, rz, dz, dż I dź. It makes the words really hard to pronounce and that is why Polish is considered as a difficult language for learning.
- The Polish language is written in the Roman alphabet augmented by the use of diacritical marks (special characters). It is extremely rich phonetically, having 10 vowels and 35 consonants. In pronunciation, the stress is normally placed on the penultimate syllable of a word.
- Polish has five major dialects, spoken in Silesia, Malopolska, Mazovia, Wielkopolska, and Kashubia. This is a hangover from the times when every Slavonic tribe used its own language which slowly developed and changed over centuries. This process took place largely outside big urban centres, among small-town gentry and peasants. Each dialect has several varieties with characteristic and consistent linguistic phenomena. These varieties differ from standard Polish in vocabulary, syntax, pronunciation, and morphology.
WHY SHOULD WE LEARN POLISH?
- Polish is the official language of Poland. Since there are 37 million people living in Poland today, you will surely find a lot of people to talk to. But, they also speak Polish outside of Poland. Hundreds of thousands of people speak Polish in Germany (867,000), Russia (67,400), the UK (660,000), France (275,288), and even the United States (580,153).
- Polish is a Slavic language. Which makes learning other Slavic languages after polish will be a breeze. Because of similar sounds, sentence structures, grammatical rules, and cognates, students will have a head start. One can learn Czech, Slovakian, Serbian, and even Russian much more easily after Polish.
- Polish is 3rd largest Slavic language in the world after Russian and Ukrainian.
- Studies have shown that people who speak more than one language earn 5-20% more than monolinguals. That’s because bilingual employees are more valuable to a company. They can nurture international business relations, and add intellectual value to the workplace. Earning more money is definitely a respectable reason to learn Polish.
- Another reason that makes learning Polish so exciting is that it enables you to understand other Slavic languages to varying degrees. Kashubian and Slovak are the closest to Polish, and Czech is quite close. Other Slavic languages have quite similar vocabulary and grammar.
- Poland is a big country. If you move in to the country, you will have lots of places to visit and lots of people to talk too - at least 38 millions.
- Polish has a long literary history. Once you master it you will be rewarded with access to Polish literature in all its splendour: Mickiewicz, Sienkiewicz, Miłosz, Szymborska, and Reymont (last 4 being Nobel Laureates in literature) and others.
Some Interesting Facts About Poland
- Amber is huge in Poland, so souvenirs and jewellery made of it are gorgeous. You might want to pick some up during your visit.
- The name of our country – “Poland” – originates from the name of the tribe “Polanie” which means “people living in open fields”.
- Poland is the 9th largest country in Europe with the population of more than 38 million.
- Poland has the lowest percentage of overweight young people (only 7.1%).
- Poland has seven neighbours: Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, and Russia.
- The unit of currency in Poland is the Zloty (PLN). It means “gold” in Polish
- Vodka is an important beverage in Poland, and a lot of the best vodkas in the world come from Poland. There is some debate, but many experts believe that vodka was invented in Poland. It was originally used as a medicine.
- The economy of Poland is an industrialised, mixed economy with a developed market that serves as the sixth largest in the European Union (EU) with $628.2 billion.
Polish Culture: Customs & Traditions
Poland's population is overwhelmingly Roman Catholic, that means that many Polish holidays—from Easter to All Saints' Day and Christmas follow Catholic traditions. If you visit Poland during holiday periods, you get the chance to see authentic Polish life and come home with a memorable cultural experience
The Poland of today continues the traditions and customs of this history with origins in the Slavic culture. There were even Byzantine and Ottoman influences. Approximately 95% of Poland's inhabitants are Roman Catholics, with about 75% attending church services regularly.
Why choose Langma School of Languages for learning Polish Language
- Langma School of Languages has made the transition to a centre of excellence in Polish language.
- Our international team provide exceptional training in Polish language; the wide range of programme is provided by both native speakers and experts of different origin, all our faculty are extremely proficient and experienced, thereby offering the highest standard of training.
- Langma School of Languages’ objective is to provide exceptional teaching to students of all ages and levels, from school standard to professional, academics no matter what background or discipline they are engaged in, and we aim to exceed the expectations of our students by providing outcomes derived from the excellence of our training.
- Langma’s programme would provide the highest standard of foreign language training and encourage sustainable development with innovation in an environment of creative language acquisition.
- If you are looking for knowledge based interactive programmes leading to success in the field of Polish language, Langma School of Languages has everything you need all under one roof.
- Langma School of Languages is committed to providing the best standards of teaching and corporate training and enabling you to reach the peak in your domain.
- The main aims and objectives of Langma School of Languages, to provide unfettered access to the study of Polish language for all sections of society.
- We at Langma School of Languages firmly believe in the concept of the global village. With the advent of a multi-faceted digital world, this concept is more significant now than ever before and foreign language has become the link language.
- Our teaching methodology lays emphasis on Speaking, Writing, Listening, and Reading skills. We have evolved an interactive method that focuses on effective communication skills. Through our method we enable learners to have quick grasp of the Polish language. They are able to frame sentences quickly, thereby facilitating communication. Our interactive approach kindles an interest in verbal and social contact with others. The module relies heavily on audio-visual tools. This makes for easier learning and greater facility in Polish Language. A vast collection of Audio and Video CDs give the students a chance to see how the language is spoken by native speakers.
BECOME A MASTER IN POLISH LANGUAGE WITHOUT LEAVING HOME.
Langma School of languages offers classroom and online Polish language training to students according to their availability and we are the only language centre which offers classes round the clock. Our programmes are designed to suit the need of individuals. Now our classes are offered round the clock and one can avail these classes just after submitting their application and course fee. One can learn as per their convenience. Our classes have proven to be beneficial for those who are excessively occupied in their work during working hours.
LANGMA FACULTIES FOR THE POLISH LANGUAGE
Leads and guides others to develop new skills or knowledge that will enhance their work. Design, develop, and delivers training programmes which cater the need of our students. Our teachers would help students to understand how to communicate information to individuals or groups, how to deliver presentation suited to the characteristics and needs of the audience. Students are taught the importance of clear and concise written information or writing to individuals or groups to ensure that they understand the information and message. Our teachers are highly qualified and possess years of expertise in the field of teaching, listen carefully to students and address the problem appropriately. Our teachers possess a designated level of professional skills and knowledge in specific area and keep the current with developments and trends in the area of expertise.
Experience Professional and authentic Polish Language classes with our Qualified Native-Speakers
Beginning with a very small setup, Langma School of Languages has grown by leaps and bounds. It has been instrumental in providing Polish Language instruction to millions. It has successfully conducted seminars and placed its students in the field of BPO, Event Management, FMCG, Aviation, and PR. Our team focus on customised training. The organisation is well-equipped with classrooms, auditorium, and an elaborate computer networking. Teachers are well qualified, experienced in the field of language training, experts in areas like grammar, accent, group discussion, and etc. Langma School of Languages is competent enough to take up any assignments from the target groups.