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Polish Language

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Polish Language

I am from the US and will be visiting Poland (Krakow) for the first time in a few months. I know almost no Polish now. i will have some time to study some basics, but will not be anything approaching fluent when I arrive.

If I stay in and around Krakow for the three days I will be there, will my lack of the Polish language be a big problem for me?

Would it be worth it for me to buy one of those hand-held mechanical English to Polilsh translators?

(A fairly effective one would cost $150.00 $400.00, and I'd prefer to put that money into enjoying Krakow)

I plan to learn some basic words and phrases, but am concerned that may not be enough for me to enjoy the trip as much as I would like to.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance for any assistance.

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1. Re: Polish Language

As a tourist in the old town and in kazimierz you will be fine with english. A translator would be a waste of money

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2. Re: Polish Language

Don't worry, most of the young Krakow community speak English very well. They will appreciate you trying though.

I downloaded a cool free app for my windows phone last week that converts spoken English (it understands my Scottish too!) into Polish audio and text. I'm not sure how much I'll use it but it's great fun testing it.

Wroclaw, Poland
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Translators are not necessary, you will manage perfectly well with English in every Polish city. Knowledge of Polish is crucial only when somebody goes to a completely non-touristy rural areas of Poland and wants to rent accommodation on a farm etc.

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It is not a essential to have translator or to learn some words and phrases in Polish.

The main problem is to understand an answer in Polish

that's why is much better to ask in English.

Kind regards


Edited: 21 March 2013, 09:46
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5. Re: Polish Language

Thanks to all for your repllies. I feel very much assured.

I have found a site online that will help me learn some basid words/phrases such as please, thank you, how much, etc.

Thank you for taking the time to reply to my question.

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