August 19, 2021 3 min read2 Comments
Learning how to say hello and goodbye are the essence of getting to know any language. It shows other members of the culture that you care about showing your respect to them. So if you’re visiting Poland or Polish friends anytime soon - let’s learn the basic greetings!
Just as with any other culture, using inappropriate greetings (or, heavens forbid - no greeting at all), can come off as disrespectful. In Poland, it is customary to remain formal when it comes to greeting people you don’t know personally (like strangers, shop workers, etc:), those older than you, as well as colleagues and distant family members. In some families, formal greetings are something you should stick to even in the circle of your close ones. It is also normal to stay formal with children once they enter teenage years.
So, for starters: how do you say good morning in Polish?
Good morningin Polish might be a little bit difficult to say out loud, especially to someone with a Germanic native language, but it’s worth a practice:
On the positive note - there is no morning in good morning in Polish, as, bluntly translated, this greeting means good day, which is why this greeting can and is used all day long, except for when the sun sets. Good day in Polish is the main form of greeting someone and is the most important greeting to learn.
Other variations you can use for the early day time are:
And if you’re wondering how to say good morning lovingly, practice this:
How to say hello in Polish also comes in handy, but is used more in informal situations. Meaning, this is something you will not say when entering a store, for example, but you can use it to greet your friend or immediate family.
In these occasions, you will say:
This means both hello/hiand bye in Polish.
Learning how to say have a goodnight in Polish will come in handy after evening activities. Once the sun sets, you can switch from dzień dobry to saying good evening or:
And then, you can opt for one of these options for saying good night in Polish:
And as for how to say goodbye in Polish, we will close on here:
P.S. A small gift goes so well with Polish greetings - don’t forget to check our store!
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August 22, 2021
Thank you! I tried saying “Do widzenia” to a Polish woman who had come to the place I worked. She looked at me and growled, “You say that like a Russian!” Now I know the proper pronunciation!
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August 26, 2021