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About Polish

Polish language is classified as a Slavic language within the Indo-European family of languages and is the native language of the Poles. Polish is the official language of Poland, but it is also used throughout the world by Polish minorities in other countries. It is one of the official languages of the European Union. Its written standard is the Polish alphabet, which has 9 additions to the letters of the basic Latin script (ą, ć, ę, ł, ń, ó, ś, ź, ż). Polish is closely related to Kashubian, Lower Sorbian, Upper Sorbian, Czech and Slovak.

In history, Polish is known to be an important language, both diplomatically and academically in Central and Eastern Europe. Today, Polish is spoken by over 38.5 million people as their first language in Poland. It is also spoken as a second language in western parts of Belarus, Lithuania and Ukraine, as well as northern parts of the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Because of the emigration from Poland during different time periods, most notably after World War II, millions of Polish speakers can be found in countries such as Australia, Brazil, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. There are 55 million Polish language speakers around the world.

As a Slavic language, spoken Polish is distinguished by the fact that it has preserved nasal vowels, which are no longer found in any other contemporary Slavic languages.

Thanks to its use of 7 vowel and 35 consonant sounds, spoken Polish is known as an extremely rich language phonetically. Polish pronunciation generally places stress on the next-to-last syllable of the word.

Polish language is also one of the few languages in the world, in which changes the names of people because of the grammar, so that Robert Lewandowski and Anna Lewandowska is a family of Lewandowskich.

Polish literary language was created around the 16th century AD and till this day it is considered one of the most difficult languages in the world.

As with other languages, Frazebook part's of Polish language it s just begining of the adventure with this beautiful language. In the four sections of Frazebook for Polish you will find basic, useful words and phrases which encourages you to the further study of the language and visit the country on the Vistula River - called Poland.