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Polish Language Quick Facts

Polish Language Quick Facts

Polish is spoken by over 44 million people worldwide, the vast majority of whom live in Poland, where it is the official language. A significant number of Polish speakers can also be found in Germany, Israel and Slovakia.

Polish, a Lekhitic subgroup of the West Slavic language family, is closely related to Czech, Slovak and Sorbian. Polish has numerous dialects, the four that are most widely used are:

  • Great Polish, spoken in the Northwest.
  • Little Polish, spoken in the Southeast.
  • Mazovian.
  • Silesian.

Polish has borrowed many words from German, Czech, Belarusian, Latin, Italian, French and English.

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