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Polish post office vocabulary


ryanb 24 | 23
28 Dec 2011  #1
I live in Warsaw and I am going to the post office today. I need to mail a letter to someone in Poland, and I'd also like to get some stamps both for domestic and international mail so next time I don't have to go in to the post office. What stamps do I need? Can you give me phrases to use to ask for these?

Thanks a bundle.
ColdSteel - | 20
28 Dec 2011  #2
Usually in such situation in foreign country it's enough to hand addressed letters to the person in the till. They will choose and put the stamps for you and tell you how much to pay. You will most likely be asked if you want "priorytet" it's a fast letter service, the difference in price is very small, but the letters and parcels usually go much quicker, so everybody I know usually take this. Air mail is weighted.

It's harder to buy stuff like stamps, hmm, I don't know how good is your Polish, if it's very bad or non existent, maybe it would be better to have those things written on a piece of paper or just look for an English speaking cashier. Or just buy a sheet of stamps and ask how much it is for a letter to certain place (I think you can also check it online). Stamps for domestic and international letters are the same, just sending abroad is more expensive. I'd say check how much you pay for a letter abroad and take it into account when buying stamps.

Anyway:

stamp - znaczek
letter - list
parcel - paczka
signed for letter - polecony
priority (faster) - priorytet

I'd like to buy stamps for domestic letters - Chciałbym kupić znaczki na listy krajowe.
How much it is for a letter to ... ? - Ile kosztuje wysłanie listu do ...?
I'd like to buy some stamps. - Chciałbym kupić trochę znaczków.
OP ryanb 24 | 23
11 Jan 2012  #3
Thanks for your help.

One more additional question:

I need to ship a small parcel to a local address in a way that can be tracked. Does the polish post office offer this service? If so, how do I ask for tracking?
mafketis 20 | 7,344
11 Jan 2012  #4
I need to ship a small parcel to a local address in a way that can be tracked.

you want to send your letter polecony (registered) it will take longer and there's forms to fill out, you might want to take a Polish person along if possible.
bbcr4 - | 6
15 Jan 2015  #5
Here is a link to a short lesson with an audio recording:
e-erni.com/post-office-vocabulary-49.html
Roger5 1 | 1,458
15 Jan 2015  #6
It doesn't tell you how say, "Where the fcuk is my mail, you thieving basteds?"
wojtus - | 9
16 Jan 2015  #7
I need to ship a small parcel to a local address in a way that can be tracked. Does the polish post office offer this service? If so, how do I ask for tracking?

Parcels (paczki) are also registered and can be tracked online (if this is the tracking you want):
emonitoring.poczta-polska.pl

Their web system is still far from perfect however, I often see delays up to few days (with parcel already delivered).

If you want to have better tracking service, use door-2-door service ("przesyłka kurierska"). With Polish Post, this is service is called Pocztex. Others you know already: DHL, UPS, TNT, DPS etc.


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