About 20 million people of Polish descent live outside of Poland, making it one of the biggest immigrant groups in the world. Because of the large population of Poles living outside of Poland, the language and culture has spread across the world. The majority of Poles live in the Americas, Australia, UK, and throughout Europe.By learning Polish, you gain access to the second most widely spoken Slavic language – with some 55 million native speakers, the only more common Slavic language is Russian. And considering that the Polish diaspora (traditionally called Polonia) has been one of the most active and mobile elements of the nation, forming big centres in the US, Canada, Germany and Britain (Polish is currently England’s second most common language). All in all, Polish can be a convenient gateway to the fascinating wider realm of Slavic languages, a community which geographically makes up a large part of Europe and Asia, and includes over 300 million speakers worldwide.
Written in the Latin script, Polish is often far more approachable than other Slavic languages like Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Serbian, or Bulgarian, which traditionally use the Cyrillic script. This means that to learn Polish you don’t need to study a whole new alphabet, but rather just become acquainted with a couple of specific diacritic signs and digraphs.Polish is the gateway to the Slavic languages. Slavic languages like Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Serbian, and Bulgarian employ the use of the Cyrillic lettering system. Polish is largely phonetic. Once you understand the sounds the letters of the Polish alphabet, the words are more or less phonetically pronounced. That makes it much easier to learn and commit words to memory.
Studying a language means becoming truly immersed in the culture of a nation and its history. By learning Polish, you’ll be able to acquaint yourself with a country with one of the most fascinating and turbulent histories in Europe. This history still has influence on life and politics in the country today, and may offer the key to understanding the region’s present. Poland was the only country to come out stronger economically out of those hit by the economic recession in the European Union. Jobs are expanding and growing in Poland. Poland has a complicated and interesting history. The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth expanded from the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea. Poland was historically tolerant of other religions but was ravaged in WWII. Three million Polish Jews were murdered in the Holocaust and the land was occupied by Nazi Germany. After the war, Poland was the only Allied nation to fall under the Iron Curtain and was subject to communist rule under the USSR. The best way to see a different country and learn about their history is with their own language. If you are learning a language because it is easy or is the easiest out of the bunch, are you really going to be motivated to stick with it? Whether or not a language is easy should have no bearing on whether or not you want to learn it. If you have interest, pursue it!
Conmel Tuition Academy is currently offering Polish courses for Adults and Children at Beginners level. Click on the links below for more information on these Polish courses: