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Название Италии на разных европейских языках. Фото: Culture.pl

Włochy is the Polish word for Italy. But do you know where it comes from? Certainly not from Italy...

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Artwork by: Katarzyna Piątek

Is Polish the most difficult language out there? Some seem to think so. But there are plenty of reasons why you should learn it anyway!

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Popular since the 19th century, tea is the most popular beverage in Poland. It is drunk all day long, even before sleep.

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Proszę means please, but it's also so much more. Here's why it's perhaps the most useful Polish word you'll ever learn

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Pokój is a Polish word meaning peace. But it also means room, as the two words are homonyms.

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A Polish Nobleman, a popular imaginative portrait of Stanisław Antoni Szczuki by an unknown artist, circa 1735-1740, photo:  Wilanow Palace Museum

Pan is a tell-tale word of the Polish language and culture. Not only does its usage distinguish Polish from other Slavic tongues, but it also offers key insights into Poland's social history and the making of Polishness.

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Księżyc is a Polish word for moon. But what does it have to do with ksiądz (priest) or książę (prince)?

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Rzeczpospolita means republic or commonwealth, but the word is often used as a synonym for Poland. Here's why.

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Pieniądz (or plural pieniądze) means money, a useful word (and thing) in the world of financial insecurity.

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For many Poles celebrating one's nameday is just as important as celebrating one's birthday

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Twaróg is one those foods Poles who've lived abroad for a while miss most. But the story of this Slavic word and its fascinating journey through global lexicon is also quite appetising.

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Being friendly in a language that you don't know very well can be quite challenging. For a start, let's focus on the polite basics, like greeting someone.

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波兰传统的午餐,电影“Granica”的剧照,Jan Rybkowski导演,1977年,图片由波兰国家电影资料馆( www.fototeka.fn.org.pl)提供

Obiad, traditionally translated as lunch, may be actually more like the English dinner today.

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Solidarność means Solidarity, but for Poles it stands for so much more.

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Festival in Poland, photo: Grażyna Myślińska / Forum

An introduction to Poland, Word by Word, and an introduction to Polish.

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Still from Waldemar Podgórski's "Pójdziesz ponad sadem", 1974,  photo: East News

Whilst some might consider French the language of love, the język polski (Polish language) certainly has a great amount of romantyczny (romantic) potential.

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Poland's flag, photo: Łukasz Głowala / Forum

Język Polski – the Polish language.

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Białowieża National Park, photo: Marek Kosinski / Forum

There's more to Poland than its miasta (cities) and city life – its przyroda (nature) and wieś (countryside) is just as interesting and diverse.

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A scene from David Pountney's production of opera King Roger, photo: Krzysztof Bieliński

Dzień dobry (good day) is by far the most common polite Polish greeting, with dobry wieczór (good evening) the equivalent for the evenings. Cześć or hej as informal alternatives.

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 Lewicki Łatak Project Office, residential building in Wroclaw (St. Grabiszyńska / Inżynierska), photo: press release

From historic palaces to modern skyscrapers, Poland has plenty of interesting budynki (buildings) to satisfy the architecturally inclined.

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