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How many people really know English in Poland?


limimc  
22 Oct 2006 /  #1
I am considering studying abroad at University of Wroclaw, I do not know the polish language. I would take classes mostly in english..how many people really know english in Poland?? I want to learn polish and study abroad but I am afraid I will not be able to communicate with others. I know learning the language is essential but it will also take a lot of time!..( There are no classes in Polish at my home university)I dont want to go if I'm out on a limb by myself!!
krysia 23 | 3,057  
23 Oct 2006 /  #2
I don't know the percentage, but people do speak English in Poland. There are always courses offered and it is taught in grade schools. I would say about 50%. The older people most likely don't know it. But English is very popular in Poland and many people want to learn it. Some are more advanced than others.

You can learn some Polish online.byki.com offers some free downloads. it might be a good start.
Look at plg here in this forum. He is learning Polish and always asks questions why this and why that. That's one guy who is dedicated on learning the Polish language.
Matyjasz 2 | 1,544  
23 Oct 2006 /  #3
Polish people generally are not that fluent in English like lets say Swedes or Dutch people but you shouldn't have any problems communicating with them, as a lot of Poles know at least the basics of English.

Oh, and just like krysia said, prepare that people in their 40's and above are very likely not to speak English at all, as it started to be taught in schools after the fall of the communism.
glowa 1 | 291  
23 Oct 2006 /  #4
You shouldn't have much od a problem in a city like Wrocław.

I've got a friend who did exchange in Kraków. He said it was fun. The universities provide a course that's called "Survival Polish". It's a way to quickly learn the essetnial stuff to be able to painlessly survive.

Wrocław is a westernised city, I think you'll be fine there.

Matyjasz's remark about people above 40 is very true. You can count on students though.
danny dan 2 | 18  
18 Dec 2006 /  #5
Merged: How many Polish people speak English

Can anyone tell me the percentage of English speaking polish? Is it growing?
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
18 Dec 2006 /  #6
No idea what the % is DD but i would say its growing without a doubt...
bartek212 2 | 19  
18 Dec 2006 /  #7
I guess about 80% or even more of teenagers haves English lessions at schools (at least two times weekly, for at least 3 years to 9/12 years!). At the age of 16 EVERY student have to learn 2 foreign languages, the second one is usually German (but I know schools where You can choose between German and French or Italian or Russian), but the first one is English (usually, sometimes it's German and the English is is the less important foreign langauge, but in most of cases English is the "main" language here).

At the age of 19 everybody have to pass an exam which is similiar to FCE.

About people older than 25 years old... I think most of them don't know English at all, so better try to speak to young and beauty people, just like me.

Sorry for mistakes, website wich helps me with English is now offline ;-p
Eurola 4 | 1,906  
18 Dec 2006 /  #8
About people older than 25 years old... I think most of them don't know English at all, so better try to speak to young and beauty people, just like me.

OUCH!
OK, all of you archaic people of 25 and more. Don't even try to learn English. Just forget it. Call a lawyer and make a Will. :)

I think I'm dead already. :)
rafik 18 | 589  
18 Dec 2006 /  #9
Is it growing?

i bet it is!
before his journey to zamosc/poland my friend asked me if he would have problems with communication when buying things,ordering in a restaurant,hiring a taxi.i said "yes you will" because it is a small town. guess what? he didn't have any problem at all.wherever he went there always were people who spoke english.

btw.bartek212 is right.the older people are ,the least likely they speak english.
Babylon 16 | 192  
18 Dec 2006 /  #10
60 % Polish people speak English
Wroclaw 44 | 5,387  
18 Dec 2006 /  #11
Babylon,

As there are more older people than younger in Poland I don't trust your figure.

However, among the under 30's it's probably true. But some speak better than others.
Kowalski 7 | 621  
18 Dec 2006 /  #12
Many don't speak english but know how to do the english tests. :)
Wroclaw 44 | 5,387  
18 Dec 2006 /  #13
Kowalski,

I always ask private students. 'Do you want to learn English or pass the test'

These days I find that people want to learn the language.
Ranj 21 | 948  
18 Dec 2006 /  #14
Quoting: bartek212, Post #3
About people older than 25 years old... I think most of them don't know English at all, so better try to speak to young and beauty people, just like me.

OUCH!
OK, all of you archaic people of 25 and more. Don't even try to learn English. Just forget it. Call a lawyer and make a Will.

I think I'm dead already.

Ehhh? What's that you say? I left my hearing aid and reading glasses at home!:)
Varsovian 92 | 634  
19 Dec 2006 /  #15
I'm just so happy the (school) teaching methods are so crap nowadays that most kids end up knowing very little.
It'll keep my bilingual kids in the money all their life!
State education in Poland is going downhill so fast it might even catch up with Britain!!
dziadek 3 | 64  
19 Dec 2006 /  #16
I guess about 80% or even more of teenagers haves English lessions at schools

Yep. Nowadays polish education system is strict on teaching poles foreign languages
-I started learning english when i was at kindergarden.
manser  
19 Dec 2006 /  #17
leave it out, hadly anyone knows the langauge out there even the young. out of a town i found 2 that spoke english fluently, and the others a few words..................maybe on the increase but your decades off before their ever be fluent in most population of the country.

hardly*

by the way anyone know the reason for a sudden rush in a rash..............got it bad in the last 2 days...........and my blasted ring wont come off grrrrrrrrrrrrrr. bloody hurting my finger
Syrena_04 2 | 88  
19 Dec 2006 /  #18
I read somewhere that you were ill. Please take good care of yourself and see a doctor if you are concerned.
bpss  
19 Dec 2006 /  #19
In my works I would say that 100% of under 30s speak enough English to get along ok. And 20% of those can read or write English. Above that age they seem to suffer. They use the younger ones to help translate for them. But it doesn't appear to stop them from trying to learn it just seems to take a little bit more time to sink in.

My freinds mothers son, who is 12 years old has just come over to the UK and he speaks and writes good English already.
danny dan 2 | 18  
20 Dec 2006 /  #20
In my works I would say that 100% of under 30s speak enough English to get along ok. And 20% of those can read or write English. Above that age they seem to suffer.

Oau! that is amazing! so, i won't be having problems when I'll com e to Poland:) :)
tralala  
20 Dec 2006 /  #21
by the way anyone know the reason for a sudden rush in a rash..............got it bad in the last 2 days...........and my blasted ring wont come off grrrrrrrrrrrrrr. bloody hurting my finger

Thats because the cheap gold on your Argos soveriegn ring is irritating your skin Paul.
danny dan 2 | 18  
20 Dec 2006 /  #22
If your rash is really sudden and you are sure that you were not in contact with anything infected, than it might be stress
I suggest some some antibiotics

good luck!
Matyjasz 2 | 1,544  
20 Dec 2006 /  #23
leave it out, hadly anyone knows the langauge out there even the young. out of a town i found 2 that spoke english fluently, and the others a few words..................maybe on the increase but your decades off before their ever be fluent in most population of the country.

After reading some of your posts, it looks like not only people that live in the rural areas of Poland struggle with the English language, but you had a one valid point there, regarding the fluency of English among my fellow Poles. In deed, the fluent ones will be mostl likely only the student's of English philology (with some exceptions of course). The rest of the people in their 20ties will have the language on the basic or medium level, so danny dan, you may have some problems discussing with them William Shakespeare’s poetry or quantum physics, but certainly you won’t have any asking them the way to the nearest pub. Enjoy! :)
sapphire 22 | 1,241  
20 Dec 2006 /  #24
Mr bfs English is crap.. and hes been here for 5 years... when we met, he only knew a few words... but they were obviously the right ones!
danterob 1 | 2  
26 Dec 2007 /  #25
Merged: how many in Poland speak English?

I am thinking about going to poland for few weeks and if I will manage to find friends maybe remaining there for long or forever. (I work from home for a uk company :-) ) What percentage of young people speak english in poland, the city I will go is warsaw?

of course if I will decide to remain for long I will learn polish language.
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
26 Dec 2007 /  #26
You should be fine in Warsaw, the capital city and biggest one. Remember, many young Poles who spent a year or 2 in the UK have already returned or are in the process of returning to Poland so, unless they worked in Polish companies, they would have had to know English to some level to get on. Thank your lucky stars that you weren't assigned to a small town
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,163  
26 Dec 2007 /  #27
how many in Poland speak English?

One or two...
Lady in red  
26 Dec 2007 /  #28
Lol........that many, gosh do you think it's getting to be quite popular then hehehe <g>
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
26 Dec 2007 /  #29
Just use gestures if u r not sure, that's how I started here and in Japan until my confidence grew. Go in with a desire to learn some Polish and they may return in kind with some English. Remember, they are not French and will at least try and communicate with u, can't fault them for trying. Just no Cockney slang, aight?
tommylou - | 3  
4 Apr 2009 /  #30
i would say most young people do speak some english. with older generations it depends

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