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How many Polish people speak English



danny dan   Dec 18, 2006, 03:40am /  #
Can anyone tell me the percentage of English speaking polish? Is it growing?

BubbaWoo   Dec 18, 2006, 05:58am /  #
No idea what the % is DD but i would say its growing without a doubt...

bartek212 Edited by: bartek212    Dec 18, 2006, 09:57am /  #
I guess about 80% or even more of teenagers haves English lessions at schools (at least two times weekly, for at least 3 years to 9/12 years!). At the age of 16 EVERY student have to learn 2 foreign languages, the second one is usually German (but I know schools where You can choose between German and French or Italian or Russian), but the first one is English (usually, sometimes it's German and the English is is the less important foreign langauge, but in most of cases English is the "main" language here).

At the age of 19 everybody have to pass an exam which is similiar to FCE.

About people older than 25 years old... I think most of them don't know English at all, so better try to speak to young and beauty people, just like me.

Sorry for mistakes, website wich helps me with English is now offline ;-p

Eurola   Dec 18, 2006, 11:06am /  #
Quoting: bartek212, Post #3
About people older than 25 years old... I think most of them don't know English at all, so better try to speak to young and beauty people, just like me.


OUCH!
OK, all of you archaic people of 25 and more. Don't even try to learn English. Just forget it. Call a lawyer and make a Will. :)

I think I'm dead already. :)

rafik   Dec 18, 2006, 12:05pm /  #
Quoting: danny dan, Post #1
Is it growing?

i bet it is!
before his journey to zamosc/poland my friend asked me if he would have problems with communication when buying things,ordering in a restaurant,hiring a taxi.i said "yes you will" because it is a small town. guess what? he didn't have any problem at all.wherever he went there always were people who spoke english.
btw.bartek212 is right.the older people are ,the least likely they speak english.

Babylon   Dec 18, 2006, 01:45pm /  #
60 % Polish people speak English

Wroclaw Edited by: Wroclaw    Dec 18, 2006, 01:57pm /  #
Babylon,

As there are more older people than younger in Poland I don't trust your figure.

However, among the under 30's it's probably true. But some speak better than others.

Kowalski   Dec 18, 2006, 02:02pm /  #
Many don't speak english but know how to do the english tests. :)

Wroclaw   Dec 18, 2006, 02:10pm /  #
Kowalski,

I always ask private students. 'Do you want to learn English or pass the test'

These days I find that people want to learn the language.

Ranj   Dec 18, 2006, 02:34pm /  #
Quoting: Eurola, Post #4
Quoting: bartek212, Post #3
About people older than 25 years old... I think most of them don't know English at all, so better try to speak to young and beauty people, just like me.


OUCH!
OK, all of you archaic people of 25 and more. Don't even try to learn English. Just forget it. Call a lawyer and make a Will.

I think I'm dead already.

Ehhh? What's that you say? I left my hearing aid and reading glasses at home!:)

Varsovian   Dec 19, 2006, 05:23am /  #
I'm just so happy the (school) teaching methods are so crap nowadays that most kids end up knowing very little.
It'll keep my bilingual kids in the money all their life!
State education in Poland is going downhill so fast it might even catch up with Britain!!

dziadek   Dec 19, 2006, 10:37am /  #
Quoting: bartek212, Post #3
I guess about 80% or even more of teenagers haves English lessions at schools


Yep. Nowadays polish education system is strict on teaching poles foreign languages
-I started learning english when i was at kindergarden.

manser   Dec 19, 2006, 01:59pm /  #
leave it out, hadly anyone knows the langauge out there even the young. out of a town i found 2 that spoke english fluently, and the others a few words..................maybe on the increase but your decades off before their ever be fluent in most population of the country.

manser   Dec 19, 2006, 02:01pm /  #
hardly*

by the way anyone know the reason for a sudden rush in a rash..............got it bad in the last 2 days...........and my blasted ring wont come off grrrrrrrrrrrrrr. bloody hurting my finger

Syrena_04   Dec 19, 2006, 08:36pm /  #
I read somewhere that you were ill. Please take good care of yourself and see a doctor if you are concerned.

bpss   Dec 19, 2006, 10:21pm /  #
In my works I would say that 100% of under 30s speak enough English to get along ok. And 20% of those can read or write English. Above that age they seem to suffer. They use the younger ones to help translate for them. But it doesn't appear to stop them from trying to learn it just seems to take a little bit more time to sink in.
My freinds mothers son, who is 12 years old has just come over to the UK and he speaks and writes good English already.

danny dan   Dec 20, 2006, 02:43am /  #
Quoting: bpss, Post #16
In my works I would say that 100% of under 30s speak enough English to get along ok. And 20% of those can read or write English. Above that age they seem to suffer.

Oau! that is amazing! so, i won't be having problems when I'll com e to Poland:) :)

tralala   Dec 20, 2006, 04:11am /  #
by the way anyone know the reason for a sudden rush in a rash..............got it bad in the last 2 days...........and my blasted ring wont come off grrrrrrrrrrrrrr. bloody hurting my finger


Thats because the cheap gold on your Argos soveriegn ring is irritating your skin Paul.

danny dan   Dec 20, 2006, 04:15am /  #
If your rash is really sudden and you are sure that you were not in contact with anything infected, than it might be stress
I suggest some some antibiotics

good luck!

Matyjasz   Dec 20, 2006, 05:12am /  #
Quoting: manser, Post #13
leave it out, hadly anyone knows the langauge out there even the young. out of a town i found 2 that spoke english fluently, and the others a few words..................maybe on the increase but your decades off before their ever be fluent in most population of the country.




After reading some of your posts, it looks like not only people that live in the rural areas of Poland struggle with the English language, but you had a one valid point there, regarding the fluency of English among my fellow Poles. In deed, the fluent ones will be mostl likely only the student's of English philology (with some exceptions of course). The rest of the people in their 20ties will have the language on the basic or medium level, so danny dan, you may have some problems discussing with them William Shakespeare’s poetry or quantum physics, but certainly you won’t have any asking them the way to the nearest pub. Enjoy! :)

sapphire   Dec 20, 2006, 05:50am /  #
Mr bfs English is crap.. and hes been here for 5 years... when we met, he only knew a few words... but they were obviously the right ones!

Ced   Oct 19, 2009, 03:18pm /  #
Oct 19, 09, 20:15 - Thread attached on merging:
do Polish people speak English?

i mean most of them..soon i'll be sent to work to Poland for several months and i wonder if it's possible to survive there without being able to speak Polish.

gumishu Edited by: gumishu    Oct 19, 2009, 03:45pm /  #
the simple answer is no
the answer to the latter part of your question - is - it depends where your gonna stay

but wait for expat views - especially those who live in Warsaw

lastly - it is not that difficult to learn a couple of nouns in Polish and a couple of infinitive form verbs to assist them, buy a dictionary and learn the rules of Polish spelling and pronounciation (which is not Chinese astrology)

I could actually say that more and more young Poles especially in the bigger cities know more and more English - it is the older generation that you will find the least success communicating in English

markcooper   Oct 19, 2009, 03:51pm /  #
do Polish people speak English ?

Well..............there first language i think would be Polish. Then those that choose to learn English would in addition to speaking Polish also speak English. That's how i see it.

Ced   Oct 19, 2009, 03:58pm /  #
ok.thanks for reply.

i'd love to be able to speak Polish of course but i'm working with several Polish people here in France and they all discourage me from learning it by saying it's one of the most difficult languages in the world(i've also come across this statement here in forum). i'll be working in krakow

gumishu   Oct 19, 2009, 04:07pm /  #
as far as I know Kraków as well has some expat oriented services, but you perhaps will need to make find some contacts to learn about these - keep the thread 'floating' hardly anyone writing here is constantly on-line
make contacts/friends with the expats living in Kraków - some regular contributors from here live in Kraków

then even though it is difficult for foreigners(westerners) to learn Polish fluently (because of the grammar) - knowing a number of most useful words sure can help much (in their basic grammatical forms) even if you can't pick them up from Polish people speaking

Derevon   Oct 19, 2009, 04:36pm /  #
I'd say that in bigger cities most people below 30 speak at least some basic English. Don't expect anyone older to understand you, though. If you go to Poland you should learn at least some basic Polish. Learn the rules for pronouncing words, some basic grammar and vocabulary at least. A phrase book could be useful too.

mafketis   Oct 19, 2009, 05:02pm /  #
Ced:
i'm working with several Polish people here in France and they all discourage me from learning it

Do not listen to them. They're either stupid or want your time in Poland to be far worse than it has to be.

For your question. Many, many people have taken English classes at some time, but many people who have are shy about using it or haven't learned enough to understand a native in real time or didn't really try to learn much.

Younger people in cities are more likely to have learned some, but it's not something you can (or should) ever really depend upon.
And the difficulty isn't quite as bad as cracked up to be. No, it's not easy, but you can get basic functional ability (which does not depend upon being perfect) in a couple of months here if you apply yourself.

Ced   Oct 19, 2009, 05:13pm /  #
well , i don't know lol
but it does sound difficult, i'll try to learn basic expressions ,as some suggested here,and terms connected with my job. i guess i won't learn much within 2 weeks:)
is there some nice Polish girl willing to be my teacher?:P

gumishu   Oct 19, 2009, 05:17pm /  #
no there are no nice Polish girsl here :) the only ones that frequentiate here are moaners or shrews ;)

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