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Karolina Sivilli leads a Polish class session at CLP

About the Polish Language

Polish is a Slavic language spoken by over 40 million people in the world, primarily in Poland. It is the official language in Poland, but it is also used by Polish minorities in other countries. Because of the emigration from Poland during different time periods, in particular after World War II, millions of Polish speakers can be found in countries such as Australia, Brazil, Canada, Great Britain and USA.

Learning Polish is a way to connect with one of Europe's largest and fastest developing communities. Knowing it is also a big advantage in learning other Slavonic languages.

Polish alphabet is based on the Latin alphabet and consists of 32 letters. Nine of them don't exist in any other language: ą, ć, ę, ł, ń, ó, ś, ż, ź. These letters, together with so called “digraphs” (cz, ch, sz, rz, dz, dż and dź), are responsible for the rustling, hissing, and hushing melody of Polish. And even though they can be difficult for foreigners, Poles themselves are rather fond of them. A few years ago the word źdźbło (a blade of grass) was chosen the most beautiful Polish word.

CLP's Polish Tutor

Karolina Sivilli


Employees of the US Embassy in Poland were tested for their ability to say complicated Polish phrases and names.


  • Chrząszcz brzmi w trzcinie
  • Korale koloru koralowego
  • 99 groszy
  • Plac Trzech Krzyży
  • Suwalszczyzna
  • Kopalnia Soli w Wieliczce
  • Barszcz z uszkami
  • Schabowy z mizerią
  • Kluski Śląskie
  • Jajecznica ze szczypiorkiem
  • Polska jest przepiękna