Why learning Polish might be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make

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Polish flag held by a group of people

Why learning Polish might be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make

Polish flag held by a group of people

Learning foreign languages is a great way to broaden your horizons, learn new skills, and widen your social, career and travelling opportunities. But why should you learn Polish?

Beautiful women (and nice people in general)

A cheesy line. A low blow. I know. Have you ever walked through the streets of a Polish city though? The amount of astounding, breathtaking female individuals you see there can make you question all your  previous romantic choices.

 Jokes aside – men and women alike, Poles are nice people to hang out with. We’re straightforward, honest, ambitious, but also witty and fun to be around. Try to make some friends with Poles, and you’ll be in a good, loyal company for sure.

Fifty million native speakers (and growing)

If women alone did not convince you to start your language journey with Polish, maybe this will: Fifty. Million. People. In an emerging country that keeps growing and providing excellent social, business and cultural opportunities this is quite a number. Compared to some popular languages people study, 50 million is a lot.

To give you an idea, Swedish has, circa, 10 million native speakers. German – 90 million;

Italian – 61 mln

Czech – 10 mln

Croatian – 6 mln

Turkish – 75 mln

Romanian – 26 mln

Oh, and we like to travel, too, so you’ll surely bump into us Poles somewhere on planet Earth. If you happen to be living in any of the Polish hubs in the world, like London, Chicago, Buenos Aires, or Reykjavik [sic!], you’ll most probably meet many of us there as well.

Gateway to Slavic languages

Polish belongs to the Slavic language family, which means it’s closely related to such languages as Czech, Russian, Ukrainian or Croatian. Knowing Polish gives you the advantage of being able to understand some of the other Slavic languages, due to the similarities they share in pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar. And if you ever wish to learn any other Slavic language – you can definitely take advantage of those similarities in your language learning process. You can find a language tree of Slavic languages here.

Growing economy

No matter what your reasons for learning Polish are, the fact that Poland is an economically and socially growing country is a huge bonus to your existing motivation. These days especially, it is worth considering how strong economy the language you want to learn has.

a woman with painted nails

You speak the language of the heart (a.k.a. talking to the head vs. talking to the soul)

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.”

This famous quote comes from Nelson Mandela and represents the gist of what language learning is all about. Sure, it’s the possibilities. Sure, it’s a cool (and impressive) thing to put on your curriculum. It can open a world of travel, business or social opportunities.

Most of all, however, it’s a whole different dimension of connecting with a Polish person. Regardless whether you want to be able to speak Polish with your partner’s family, do business with Polish people or talk to your Polish friends in their native tongue, there’s something special about speaking someone’s mother tongue. You can see other aspects of people’s personalities; other ways of expressing themselves. Plus, it’s a nice exercise to your brain😉

Would you add something to this list? Or maybe you have a set of totally different reasons for learning Polish? Let me know in the comments!

Decided to give it a go with Polish? Take a look at my booking page and start learning Polish today!

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