RELIGION AND LANGUAGE
There is no official religion in Poland. Majority of the Polish are Roman Catholic. The country’s official language, Polish, however, English and German are very widely spoken, especially by younger people
BASIC LANGUAGE PHRASES IN POLAND
Dzień dobry is the default formal/neutral greeting in Polish (“good morning” / “good afternoon”).
Dobry wieczór is the formal/neutral evening greeting (“good evening”).
Cześć is the standard informal Polish greeting (“hello”).
“How Are You?” in Polish: 6 Friendly Polish Phrases and When to Use Them
Poles don’t really use “how are you?” that often. It’s mostly used when catching up with friends and family.
The most natural “how are you?” phrases in Polish are jak tam?, jak leci?, co słychać? and co tam?
How to Introduce Yourself in Polish:
Miło mi is the simplest way to say “nice to meet you” in Polish regardless of the context.
To introduce yourself with your first name, say mam na imię ____.
When introducing yourself with your full name, say nazywam się _____.
Saying “Goodbye” in Polish: 7 Essential Polish Farewells
Do widzenia is the standard formal/neutral phrase used when saying “goodbye” in Polish.
Dobranoc is the Polish way of saying “good night”.
Informal expressions used to say “bye” in Polish include cześć and pa.
Saying “Thank You” in Polish
Dziękuję is the surest way to say “thank you” in Polish in all possible situations.
Dzięki is more casual and mostly used when thanking for little favors (“thanks”).
When someone thanks you in Polish, say nie ma za co (“not at all”) or proszę (“you’re welcome”).
How to Say “Sorry” in Polish
rzepraszam is the default phrase said when apologizing in Polish (“sorry”). You can also use it to get someone’s attention (“excuse me”).
When someone apologizes to you in Polish, you can reassure them by saying nie ma problemu (“no problem”) or (nic) nie szkodzi (“no harm done”).
POLISH CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS:
With a rich history that can be traced back over hundreds of years, Poland has a unique and diverse culture. When it comes to local culture, religion plays a vital role in society and an even bigger part in Polish culture. It is common for most businesses to close on religious holidays – they are considered to be national holidays in Poland.
Christmas is considered the religious holiday that holds the most importance, with celebrations lasting a full 2 1/2 days.
November 1st, All Saints Day is another very important religious holiday on the Polish calendar. It is a time to honour loved ones who are no longer with them, with many Poles visiting cemeteries.
Baptisms, weddings, first communions, confirmations, and funerals are all very much influenced by religion; Poland is one of the most devoutly religious countries in Europe.
There is no official dress code in Poland although one is advised to pack heavy clothes for winter and light ones for summer.
The złoty is the official currency and legal tender of Poland. It is subdivided into 100 grosz (gr). The current exchange rate of the gr to the Kenyan shilling is 1 gr = 28.89 Kshs