Useful Terms

As an initiation to Polish it's useful to know a few common expressions:

  • Dzień dobry - good morning (or good afternoon)(Jen DOH-brih)
  • Dobry wieczór - good evening (DOH-brih VEE-etch-OO-r)
  • Dobranoc - good night (doh-BRAH-nots)
  • Cześć - hi (Cheshch)
  • Do widzenia - good bye (d-oh veedzenia)
  • Proszę - please/ here you are (prosh-eh)
  • Dziękuję - thank you (Jen KOO yeh)
  • Dzięki - thanks (less formal) (JEN kee)
  • Przepraszam - I'm sorry / excuse me (psheh-prasham)
  • Tak - yes (t-ah-k)
  • No - yeah (n-oh softer o)
  • Nie - no / not (Nee-eh)
  • Jak się masz? - how are you? (lit. How do you have yourself?) (Yah-k sheh mahsh)
  • Jak leci? - what's up? (lit. how's it flying?) (Yah-k l-eh-chee)
  • Co/Jak tam u ciebie? - how is it going? (tso / yah-k tahm oo cheh-bee-eh)
  • Nie mówię po polsku. - I don't speak Polish (nee-eh moov-ee-eh po polskoo)
  • Nie rozumiem - I don't understand
  • Na zdrowie! - Cheers! (nah zdroh-vee-eh)

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