Polish language factsheet

Written on 23 September, 2020


Polish is a West Slavic language of the Lechitic group, and is written in Latin script. It is primarily spoken in Poland and has over 50 million speakers around the world, making it the sixth most spoken language in the European Union. 

Five interesting facts about the Polish language:

1. Many English words that come from Polish are related to Polish cuisine such as ‘bigos’, ‘kielbasa’ and ‘pierogi’.

2. The longest Polish word contains 54 letters ‘Dziewięćsetdziewięćdziesięciodziewięcionarodowościowego’ and roughly translates as ‘of nine-hundred and ninety-nine nationalities’.

3. The name of the country derives from the Polans tribe; the term itself means ‘field’ or ‘plain’.

4. There are 32 letters in the Polish alphabet.

5. Polish retains the Old Slavic system of cases for nouns, pronouns, and adjectives.

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