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Which area of Poland speaks the least English?


ArcticPaul 38 | 233  
8 Nov 2008 /  #1
Hi.
If I wanted to go to the area of Poland that had the fewest speakers of English where should I go?

I'd like to throw myself into the deep end of speaking Polish. In Krakow every time I asked a question in Polish I got an answer in English!

I know Krakow is full of tourists and businesses ready to communicate in English but where is Polish the only real language?
puercoespin - | 129  
8 Nov 2008 /  #2
go to Bieszczady national park:)



wildrover 98 | 4,451  
8 Nov 2008 /  #3
I imagine any place that is not a busy city , and away from tourist area,s will be the place...many children are now learning English at school , so you will find younger people speaking English all over the place....find a village where it is mostly older people , they won,t speak English i suspect...
Wyspianska  
8 Nov 2008 /  #4
Like my hometown, Radomsko. Almost no one does speak English well enough to comunicate haaaa. When we used to visit it with my current boyfriend, who's English he was supposed to order meals and drinks in Polish only so that was a bonus for his language skills :P
Bartolome 2 | 1,085  
8 Nov 2008 /  #5
Go to Lower Silesia, any village around Opole. You'll learn Polish, Silesian dialect and German as well.
pawian 200 | 21,264  
8 Nov 2008 /  #6
I know Krakow is full of tourists and businesses ready to communicate in English but where is Polish the only real language?

Generally, all armpit villages far from big cities.... Not only their English is hardly comprehensible. Polish too.
plg 17 | 263  
8 Nov 2008 /  #7
Edited by: Bartolome Today, 11:01 Report #5

Go to Lower Silesia, any village around Opole. You'll learn Polish, Silesian dialect and German as well.

What is this Silesian dialect?

It is not Polish?

[quote=ArcticPaul]
In Krakow every time I asked a question in Polish I got an answer in English!

YES ARTICPAUL i had the same problem in krakow but if your polish is good enough tell them to speak in polish
One girl at a restaurant asked me in polish if i wanted an English menu or polish menu.

so i said po polsku as i knew what i was ordering lol

papa
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
8 Nov 2008 /  #8
U r right, Bart. I was in a place called Ożimek, near Opole. I heard a lot of German. They have a weird dialect there. A guy kept saying chces, chces? to me. He was asking me 'chcesz?'. They seem to have a softer sound, chopping the sz and substituting it with an 's'.

I was invited to a meal there and more German was spoken. My GF and I felt out of place. Although her German is better than mine, it's still only pre-Int at best. I told the guy, who was Polish, please speak to me in Polish. He continued warbling on in German. What a twat!! So I made like a foetus and headed out
JustysiaS 13 | 2,240  
8 Nov 2008 /  #9
I was in a place called Ożimek, near Opole

ahh that place brings many memories... ha ha
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
8 Nov 2008 /  #10
I was really surprised at just how much German was spoken there. I'd've been well and truly stuck without a working knowledge of Polish. After wheeling out what little German I knew, I went to plan B as there was really no plan C.

Ja ja, ich bin aus Schottland. Schottland, ja? Ja, das ist stimmt, richtig. Ich bin lehrer. Aha, werklich? Ja, ja, NO ****.

Well, the last comment signalled the immediate commencement of plan B
JustysiaS 13 | 2,240  
8 Nov 2008 /  #11
i learnt German for 3 years at high school but it's pretty much non existent now. i can still swear a bit in it tho! :)
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
8 Nov 2008 /  #12
That's a good sign. People sometimes ask me how good I am at Polish. I just answer by telling them that I know enough to get myself in trouble, and more than enough to get me out of it.

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