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The most important phrases when traveling to Poland


alteris 1 | 7
26 Apr 2011 #1
I will be vising the country around Easter next year, is the most important phrase i can know

Przykro mi, mój polski jest bardzo słaby?
jarnowa 4 | 499
26 Apr 2011 #2
Przykro mi, mój polski jest bardzo słaby

Przeprazam pan, pani , języke Polski jest bardzo trudny dla mnie.
SzwedwPolsce 11 | 1,595
26 Apr 2011 #3
Przepraszam, mowię tylko trochę po polsku.
Maaarysia
27 Apr 2011 #4
Przykro mi, mój polski jest bardzo słaby?

Yeah, certainly :)
You can also say it shorter way: "Słabo mówię po polsku"

Other useful expressions:
Ile to kosztuje? (How much is it?)
Szukam... name of place (I'm looking for...)
Jak dojechać na lotnisko? (How to drive to the airport?)
Poproszę bilet do (place) / na (event) (A ticket for ... please)
Poproszę jeden bilet ulgowy (half priced ticket) / bilet normalny (regular ticket) (One half priced/regular ticket, please)
Poproszę jedno duże piwo (One 0.5 L beer, please)
Piwo z sokiem (a beer with juice)
Ile płacę? (How much I pay?)
Podobasz mi się (I like you)
Postawić ci drinka? (Can I buy you a drink?)
Z którego peronu odjeżdża pociąg do Krakowa? (What platform does a train to Cracow depart?)
Vincent 9 | 815 Moderator
27 Apr 2011 #5
I will be visitng the country around easter next year, is the most important phrase i can know

Why don't you just buy a basic phrase book? Some are under $10 and will give you phonetic translations as well. You also have the added bonus, of having almost a year to learn them.
Havok 10 | 912
27 Apr 2011 #6
i found "bredzisz, jakby cię fura z gnojem przejechała" very useful on my last trip

Here is how you use it.

Ile to kosztuje?............................................................. ......(How much is it?)

Panie, tu wszyscy w kolejce stoja!.............(Hey mister, you need to get back and stand in line like the rest of us!)

bredzisz, jakby cię fura z gnojem przejechała! No ile to kosztuje?....(Shut up you!, so how much is it?)
ender 5 | 398
27 Apr 2011 #7
bredzisz, jakby cię fura z gnojem przejechała! No ile to kosztuje?

good one, I've never heard this one :-)
rybnik 18 | 1,462
27 Apr 2011 #8
i found "bredzisz, jakby cię fura z gnojem przejechała" very useful on my last trip

Very good. I'll use it this September ;)
Havok 10 | 912
27 Apr 2011 #9
The applications of this phrase are limitless.
rybnik 18 | 1,462
27 Apr 2011 #10
My ex used to tell me "Ale bredzisz"! but that's it.
pgtx 30 | 3,158
27 Apr 2011 #11
Why don't you just buy a basic phrase book?

wimmer.neostrada.pl/zwrotyifrazyangpol.htm - here are some phrases for free :)
rybnik 18 | 1,462
27 Apr 2011 #12
not bad for starters :)
Bzibzioh
27 Apr 2011 #13
bredzisz, jakby cię fura z gnojem przejechała! No ile to kosztuje?

I'm confused: what has fura - z gnojem or otherwise - to do with kosztuje in this sentence?
Havok 10 | 912
27 Apr 2011 #14
well, that's a polite way of saying, you know what mister? I don't really care about your opinion much, I'm just asking how much the item costs and I'll stand in line when I'm ready.

I apologize for the confusion.
OP alteris 1 | 7
27 Apr 2011 #15
i did buy a phrase book, but i also like to be able to say other stuff, and i planned on learning the language anyways :) the plan is to have a basic grasp of it by January of next year:) but thnk you so much for all the help !
Havok 10 | 912
27 Apr 2011 #16
you so much for all the help !

Polish is really complicated but there are also other benefits that will make it worth it. When you learn it you can communicate with Slovakian and Czechs and with a little more effort and some extra study time you could easily learn Russian, Serbian or Macedonian.
OP alteris 1 | 7
27 Apr 2011 #17
Yeah, being an American speaker and the mish-mash that it is, can be a challenge. but an exciting one!
z_darius 14 | 3,968
27 Apr 2011 #18
There is a serious danger that visitors who don't speak Polish face in Poland: after they use one of the laboriously memorized phrases in Polish they receive an answer - also in Polish. What do you do then? ;)
Havok 10 | 912
27 Apr 2011 #19
can be a challenge

I learned Canadian after one visit there so how hard can it really be with Polish ;)
pgtx 30 | 3,158
27 Apr 2011 #20
Canadian

oh Canada eh? ;)

What do you do then? ;)

memorize phrases with ALL possible answers? ;)
OP alteris 1 | 7
27 Apr 2011 #21
i live 4 hours from canada, and yes it can be easy, but it can be hard. from what i know, a lot of Europeans(and i could be 100% wrong and will admit my shame) have a much better time learning languages because they are so diverse there. where the US, we have spanish and English, mostly English. we dont get exposed to other languages :)
pawian 173 | 12,669
16 Mar 2020 #22
Przykro mi, chłopaki, lekarz zabronił mi tyle pić - Sorry, guys, my doctor forbade me to drink so much.

Jeszcze tylko jeden kieliszek ale to już ostatni. OK, only one more shot but let`s make it the last one.
Lyzko 25 | 7,009
16 Mar 2020 #23
Yet many of the above have been ever so quickly replaced by websites, chances are nowadays, to the question "Ile kosztuja dwa bilety do Warszawy?", the random railway official would snap, "Zobaczij Pan(i) on-line!!"

:-)
pawian 173 | 12,669
17 Mar 2020 #24
Is it a real life anecdote or just invented?


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