EHLION’s specialized Polish translations are produced by qualified translators who make sure that your materials are perfectly localized for the Polish market. And if you need professional typesetting, the EHLION DTP team is on hand to make sure that each and every one of the 35 letters in the Polish alphabet (including the three letters only used in foreign loanwords) looks exactly right. EHLION delivers professional translations from and into Polish.
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Polish is spoken by roughly 46 million people, making it the second most-spoken Slavic language after Russian. Polish is the national language of Poland and one of the official languages of the European Union. It is also spoken by minority groups in Lithuania, Ukraine, Slovakia, Romania and the Czech Republic.
The Polish alphabet is composed of Latin letters, but the addition of special characters such as Ą, Ć, Ę, Ł, Ń, Ó, Ś, Ź and Ż brings the total number of letters to 35.
The number of English loanwords in Polish is increasing steadily, while French and Russian loanwords are gradually disappearing. Polish is regarded as one of the most difficult languages to learn due to a combination of difficult pronunciation, a complex gender system, and a total of seven cases.
Did you know that Polish surnames have both masculine and feminine forms? So the wife of a Mr. Borowski would be called Mrs. Borowska. The feminine endings also distinguish between married and unmarried women, although the form of address for unmarried women is gradually becoming less common. And these endings are not only used in speech – they even appear as the person’s official surname in their passports!
Following a wave of immigration when Poland joined the EU, Polish is now the UK’s second most spoken language, and beginner’s language courses have flourished. However, just as English continues to be the most popular language for Poles to learn, Brits are still more likely to choose French or Spanish when it comes to learning a foreign language. In the US, Polish is still widely spoken by the descendants of people who emigrated from Poland in the early 20th century. The U.S. Census Bureau compiles information on the various languages spoken in the USA.
Marzanna is a mythological Slavic goddess associated with winter, death and nightmares. At the end of winter, the Poles make puppets out of straw and adorn them with ribbons. When the snow melts, they throw the puppets into rivers as a symbolic way of driving out winter and welcoming spring.
The Polish Language Council (Rada Języka Polskiego), which is based at the Polish Academy of Sciences, is the official body charged with overseeing the grammar and spelling of the Polish language.