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Important Polish Verbs

Important Polish Verbs

Learn the most important Polish verbs including their conjugation. Find more information on conjugating Polish verbs in the Grammar chapter.

This page is part of the chapter “Polish vocabulary and phrases“.

Important Polish verbs

English Polish
(to) be Listen to Pronunciation być
(to) have Listen to Pronunciation mieć
(to) do / (to) make Listen to Pronunciation robić
can / (to) know how to Listen to Pronunciation umieć
(to) know (how) Listen to Pronunciation wiedzieć
(to) know / (to) be acquainted with Listen to Pronunciation znać
(to) understand Listen to Pronunciation rozumieć
(to) speak / talk Listen to Pronunciation mówić
(to) listen to Listen to Pronunciation słuchać
(to) hear Listen to Pronunciation słyszeć
(to) see Listen to Pronunciation widzieć
(to) feel Listen to Pronunciation czuć
(to) live Listen to Pronunciation żyć
(to) want Listen to Pronunciation chcieć
(to) need Listen to Pronunciation potrzebować
(to) like Listen to Pronunciation lubić
(to) love Listen to Pronunciation kochać
(to) give Listen to Pronunciation dawać
(to) take Listen to Pronunciation brać
(to) play Listen to Pronunciation grać
(to) laugh Listen to Pronunciation śmiać się
(to) come Listen to Pronunciation przychodzić
(to) go Listen to Pronunciation iść /
Listen to Pronunciation chodzić
(to) go (by…) Listen to Pronunciation jechać /
Listen to Pronunciation jeździć
(to) write Listen to Pronunciation pisać
(to) read Listen to Pronunciation czytać
(to) count Listen to Pronunciation liczyć /
Listen to Pronunciation policzyć
(to) pronounce Listen to Pronunciation wymawiać
(to) spell Listen to Pronunciation przeliterować
(to) conjugate Listen to Pronunciation koniugować
(to) remember Listen to Pronunciation pamiętać
(to) forget Listen to Pronunciation zapomnieć
(to) eat Listen to Pronunciation jeść
(to) try Listen to Pronunciation próbować
(to) use Listen to Pronunciation używać /
Listen to Pronunciation korzystać
(to) open Listen to Pronunciation otwierać
(to) close Listen to Pronunciation zamykać
(to) greet / (to) welcome Listen to Pronunciation witać
(to) begin Listen to Pronunciation zaczynać się
(to) end Listen to Pronunciation kończyć się

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Conjugation of Polish verbs

When it comes to verb conjugation, the Polish language knows lots of rules and nearly as many exceptions. This overview shows you some sample conjugations for verbs like być (to be), mieć (to have) und mówić (to speak).

Listen to Pronunciation być (to be)

Iam Listen to Pronunciation ja Listen to Pronunciation jestem
youare Listen to Pronunciation ty Listen to Pronunciation jesteś
he
she
it
is Listen to Pronunciation on

Listen to Pronunciation ona

Listen to Pronunciation ono

Listen to Pronunciation jest
weare Listen to Pronunciation my Listen to Pronunciation jesteśmy
youare Listen to Pronunciation wy Listen to Pronunciation jesteście
theyare Listen to Pronunciation oni

Listen to Pronunciation one

Listen to Pronunciation

Listen to pronunciation brać (to take)

I take Listen to pronunciation ja biorę
you take Listen to pronunciation ty bierzesz
he
she
it
takes Listen to pronunciation on
Listen to pronunciation ona
Listen to pronunciation ono
bierze
we take Listen to pronunciation my bierzemy
you take Listen to pronunciation wy bierzecie
they take Listen to pronunciation oni
Listen to pronunciation one
biorą

Listen to pronunciation chcieć (to want)

I want Listen to pronunciation ja chcę
you want Listen to pronunciation ty chcesz
he
she
it
wants Listen to pronunciation on
Listen to pronunciation ona
Listen to pronunciation ono
chce
we want Listen to pronunciation my chcemy
you want Listen to pronunciation wy chcecie
they want Listen to pronunciation oni
Listen to pronunciation one
chcą

Listen to pronunciation chodzić (to go/walk)

I walk Listen to pronunciation ja chodzę
you walk Listen to pronunciation ty chodzisz
he
she
it
walks Listen to pronunciation on
Listen to pronunciation ona
Listen to pronunciation ono
on /ona/ono chodzi
we walk Listen to pronunciation my chodzimy
you walk Listen to pronunciation wy chodzicie
they walk Listen to pronunciation oni
Listen to pronunciation one
chodzą

Listen to pronunciation czuć (to feel)

I feel Listen to pronunciation ja czuję (się)
you feel Listen to pronunciation ty czujesz (się)
he
she
it
feels Listen to pronunciation on
Listen to pronunciation ona
Listen to pronunciation ono
czuje (się)
we feel Listen to pronunciation my czuje(się)
you feel Listen to pronunciation wy czujecie (się)
they feel Listen to pronunciation oni
Listen to pronunciation one
czują (się)

Listen to pronunciation czytać (to read)

I read Listen to pronunciation ja czytam
you read Listen to pronunciation ty czytasz
he
she
it
reads Listen to pronunciation on
Listen to pronunciation ona
Listen to pronunciation ono
czyta
we read Listen to pronunciation my czytamy
you read Listen to pronunciation wy czytacie
they read Listen to pronunciation oni
Listen to pronunciation one
czytają

Listen to pronunciation gotować (to cook)

I cook Listen to pronunciation ja gotuję
you cook Listen to pronunciation ty gotujesz
he
she
it
cooks Listen to pronunciation on
Listen to pronunciation ona
Listen to pronunciation ono
gotuje
we cook Listen to pronunciation my gotujemy
you cook Listen to pronunciation wy gotujecie
they cook Listen to pronunciation oni
Listen to pronunciation one
gotują

Listen to pronunciation grać (to play)

I play Listen to pronunciation ja gram
you play Listen to pronunciation ty grasz
he
she
it
plays Listen to pronunciation on
Listen to pronunciation ona
Listen to pronunciation ono
gra
we play Listen to pronunciation my gramy
you play Listen to pronunciation wy gracie
they play Listen to pronunciation oni
Listen to pronunciation one
grają

Listen to pronunciation iść (to go)

I go Listen to pronunciation ja idę
you go Listen to pronunciation ty idziesz
he
she
it
goes Listen to pronunciation on
Listen to pronunciation ona
Listen to pronunciation ono
idzie
we go Listen to pronunciation my idziemy
you go Listen to pronunciation wy idziecie
they go Listen to pronunciation oni
Listen to pronunciation one
idą

Listen to pronunciation jechać (to go/drive)

I drive Listen to pronunciation ja jadę
you drive Listen to pronunciation ty jedziesz
he
she
it
drives Listen to pronunciation on
Listen to pronunciation ona
Listen to pronunciation ono
on/ona jedzie
we drive Listen to pronunciation my jedziemy
you drive Listen to pronunciation wy jedziecie
they drive Listen to pronunciation oni
Listen to pronunciation one
jadą

Listen to pronunciation jeść (to eat)

I eat Listen to pronunciation ja jem
you eat Listen to pronunciation ty jesz
he
she
it
eats Listen to pronunciation on
Listen to pronunciation ona
Listen to pronunciation ono
je
we eat Listen to pronunciation my jemy
you eat Listen to pronunciation wy jecie
they eat Listen to pronunciation oni
Listen to pronunciation one
jedzą

Listen to pronunciation jeździć (to go/drive)

I go Listen to pronunciation ja jeżdżę
you go Listen to pronunciation ty jeździsz
he
she
it
goes Listen to pronunciation on
Listen to pronunciation ona
Listen to pronunciation ono
jeździ
we go Listen to pronunciation my jeździmy
you go Listen to pronunciation wy jeździcie
they go Listen to pronunciation oni
Listen to pronunciation one
jeżdżą

Listen to pronunciation kochać (to love)

I love Listen to pronunciation ja kocham
you love Listen to pronunciation ty kochasz
he
she
it
loves Listen to pronunciation on
Listen to pronunciation ona
Listen to pronunciation ono
kocha
we love Listen to pronunciation my kochamy
you love Listen to pronunciation wy kochacie
they love Listen to pronunciation oni
Listen to pronunciation one
kochają

Listen to pronunciation kończyć (to end)

I end Listen to pronunciation ja kończę
you end Listen to pronunciation ty kończysz
he
she
it
ends Listen to pronunciation on
Listen to pronunciation ona
Listen to pronunciation ono
kończy
we end Listen to pronunciation my kończymy
you end Listen to pronunciation wy kończycie
they end Listen to pronunciation oni
Listen to pronunciation one
kończą

Listen to Pronunciation mieć (to have)

Ihave Listen to Pronunciation ja Listen to Pronunciation mam
youhave Listen to Pronunciation ty Listen to Pronunciation masz
he
she
it
has Listen to Pronunciation on

Listen to Pronunciation ona

Listen to Pronunciation ono

Listen to Pronunciation ma
wehave Listen to Pronunciation my Listen to Pronunciation mamy
youhave Listen to Pronunciation wy Listen to Pronunciation macie
theyhave Listen to Pronunciation oni

Listen to Pronunciation one

Listen to Pronunciation mają

Listen to pronunciation móc (to be able to)

I able to Listen to pronunciation ja mogę
you able to Listen to pronunciation ty możesz
he
she
it
able to Listen to pronunciation on
Listen to pronunciation ona
Listen to pronunciation ono
może
we able to Listen to pronunciation my możemy
you able to Listen to pronunciation wy możecie
they able to Listen to pronunciation oni
Listen to pronunciation one
mogą

Listen to Pronunciation mówić (to speak)

Ispeak Listen to Pronunciation ja Listen to Pronunciation mówię
youspeak Listen to Pronunciation ty Listen to Pronunciation mówisz
he
she
it
speaks Listen to Pronunciation on

Listen to Pronunciation ona

Listen to Pronunciation ono

Listen to Pronunciation mówi
wespeak Listen to Pronunciation my Listen to Pronunciation mówimy
youspeak Listen to Pronunciation wy Listen to Pronunciation mówicie
theyspeak Listen to Pronunciation oni

Listen to Pronunciation one

Listen to Pronunciation mówią

Listen to pronunciation otwierać (to open)

I open Listen to pronunciation ja otwieram
you open Listen to pronunciation ty otwierasz
he
she
it
opens Listen to pronunciation on
Listen to pronunciation ona
Listen to pronunciation ono
otwiera
we open Listen to pronunciation my otwieramy
you open Listen to pronunciation wy otwieracie
they open Listen to pronunciation oni
Listen to pronunciation one
otwierają

Listen to pronunciation pamiętać (to remember)

I remember Listen to pronunciation ja pamiętam
you remember Listen to pronunciation ty pamiętasz
he
she
it
remembers Listen to pronunciation on
Listen to pronunciation ona
Listen to pronunciation ono
pamięta
we remember Listen to pronunciation my pamiętamy
you remember Listen to pronunciation wy pamiętacie
they remember Listen to pronunciation oni
Listen to pronunciation one
pamiętają

Listen to pronunciation pić (to drink)

I drink Listen to pronunciation ja piję
you drink Listen to pronunciation ty pijesz
he
she
it
drinks Listen to pronunciation on
Listen to pronunciation ona
Listen to pronunciation ono
pije
we drink Listen to pronunciation my pijemy
you drink Listen to pronunciation wy pijecie
they drink Listen to pronunciation oni
Listen to pronunciation one
piją

Listen to pronunciation pisać (to write)

I write Listen to pronunciation ja piszę
you write Listen to pronunciation ty piszesz
he
she
it
writes Listen to pronunciation on
Listen to pronunciation ona
Listen to pronunciation ono
pisze
we write Listen to pronunciation my piszemy
you write Listen to pronunciation wy piszecie
they write Listen to pronunciation oni
Listen to pronunciation one
piszą

Listen to pronunciation potrzebować (to need)

I need Listen to pronunciation ja potrzebuję
you need Listen to pronunciation ty potrzebujesz
he
she
it
needs Listen to pronunciation on
Listen to pronunciation ona
Listen to pronunciation ono
potrzebuje
we need Listen to pronunciation my potrzebujemy
you need Listen to pronunciation wy potrzebujecie
they need Listen to pronunciation oni
Listen to pronunciation one
potrzebują

Listen to pronunciation pracować (to work)

I work Listen to pronunciation ja pracuję
you work Listen to pronunciation ty pracujesz
he
she
it
works Listen to pronunciation on
Listen to pronunciation ona
Listen to pronunciation ono
pracuje
we work Listen to pronunciation my pracujemy
you work Listen to pronunciation wy pracujecie
they work Listen to pronunciation oni
Listen to pronunciation one
pracują

Listen to pronunciation próbować (to try)

I try Listen to pronunciation ja próbuję
you try Listen to pronunciation ty próbujesz
he
she
it
tries Listen to pronunciation on
Listen to pronunciation ona
Listen to pronunciation ono
próbuje
we try Listen to pronunciation my próbujemy
you try Listen to pronunciation wy próbujecie
they try Listen to pronunciation oni
Listen to pronunciation one
próbują

Listen to pronunciation przychodzić (to come)

I come Listen to pronunciation ja przychodzę
you come Listen to pronunciation ty przychodzisz
he
she
it
comes Listen to pronunciation on
Listen to pronunciation ona
Listen to pronunciation ono
przychodzi
we come Listen to pronunciation my przychodzimy
you come Listen to pronunciation wy przychodzicie
they come Listen to pronunciation oni
Listen to pronunciation one
przychodzą

Listen to pronunciation robić (to do)

I do Listen to pronunciation ja robię
you do Listen to pronunciation ty robisz
he
she
it
does Listen to pronunciation on
Listen to pronunciation ona
Listen to pronunciation ono
robi
we do Listen to pronunciation my robimy
you do Listen to pronunciation wy robicie
they do Listen to pronunciation oni
Listen to pronunciation one
robią

Listen to pronunciation rozumieć (to understand)

I understand Listen to pronunciation ja rozumiem
you understand Listen to pronunciation ty rozumiesz
he
she
it
understands Listen to pronunciation on
Listen to pronunciation ona
Listen to pronunciation ono
rozumie
we understand Listen to pronunciation my rozumiemy
you understand Listen to pronunciation wy rozumiecie
they understand Listen to pronunciation oni
Listen to pronunciation one
rozumieją

Listen to pronunciation słuchać (to listen)

I listen Listen to pronunciation ja słucham
you listen Listen to pronunciation ty słuchasz
he
she
it
listens Listen to pronunciation on
Listen to pronunciation ona
Listen to pronunciation ono
słucha
we listen Listen to pronunciation my słuchamy
you listen Listen to pronunciation wy słuchacie
they listen Listen to pronunciation oni
Listen to pronunciation one
słuchają

Listen to pronunciation słyszeć (to hear)

I hear Listen to pronunciation ja słyszę
you hear Listen to pronunciation ty słyszysz
he
she
it
hears Listen to pronunciation on
Listen to pronunciation ona
Listen to pronunciation ono
słyszy
we hear Listen to pronunciation my słyszymy
you hear Listen to pronunciation wy słyszycie
they hear Listen to pronunciation oni
Listen to pronunciation one
słyszą

Listen to pronunciation śmiać się (to laugh)

I laugh Listen to pronunciation ja śmieję się
you laugh Listen to pronunciation ty śmiejesz się
he
she
it
laughs Listen to pronunciation on
Listen to pronunciation ona
Listen to pronunciation ono
śmieje się
we laugh Listen to pronunciation my śmiejesię
you laugh Listen to pronunciation wy śmiejecie się
they laugh Listen to pronunciation oni
Listen to pronunciation one
śmieją się

Listen to pronunciation szukać (to search/look for sth.)

I search Listen to pronunciation ja szukam
you search Listen to pronunciation ty szukasz
he
she
it
searches Listen to pronunciation on
Listen to pronunciation ona
Listen to pronunciation ono
szuka
we search Listen to pronunciation my szukamy
you search Listen to pronunciation wy szukacie
they search Listen to pronunciation oni
Listen to pronunciation one
szukają

Listen to pronunciation umieć (can/to know how to)

I can Listen to pronunciation ja umiem
you can Listen to pronunciation ty umiesz
he
she
it
can Listen to pronunciation on
Listen to pronunciation ona
Listen to pronunciation ono
umie
we can Listen to pronunciation my umiemy
you can Listen to pronunciation wy umiecie
they can Listen to pronunciation oni
Listen to pronunciation one
umieją

Listen to pronunciation zamykać (to close)

I close Listen to pronunciation ja zamykam
you close Listen to pronunciation ty zamykasz
he
she
it
closes Listen to pronunciation on
Listen to pronunciation ona
Listen to pronunciation ono
zamyka
we close Listen to pronunciation my zamykamy
you close Listen to pronunciation wy zamykacie
they close Listen to pronunciation oni
Listen to pronunciation one
zamykają

Listen to pronunciation znać (to know)

I know Listen to pronunciation ja znam
you know Listen to pronunciation ty znasz
he
she
it
knows Listen to pronunciation on
Listen to pronunciation ona
Listen to pronunciation ono
zna
we know Listen to pronunciation my znamy
you know Listen to pronunciation wy znacie
they know Listen to pronunciation oni
Listen to pronunciation one
znają

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28 Responses to Basic Polish verbs

  1. Kuba says:

    Hi guys,
    I would like send to “Mowicpopolsku” website’s team congratulations. I’m very happy, this website exist. Maybe I made a mistake. I’m sorry. I’m only Polish. Pozdrawiam wszystkich uczących się polskiego z tej strony!
    Regards

  2. Ben says:

    by far the best polish language resource I have found on the internet! Thanks for your hard work!

  3. David Aguilar says:

    thanks a lot is great!
    can you please tell me the conjugation of the verb “learn” dziekuje 🙂

  4. Davide Ghigna says:

    Hi!
    My congratulations for this fantastic website.
    I think there is a small mistyping error in the conjugation of verb czuć, should be: my czujemy (się)

    Thanks!

  5. Davide Ghigna says:

    Hi!
    My congratulations for your fantastic site!
    If I’m not wrong, the conjugation of verb czuć, should be:
    my czujemy (się)
    Am I right?

    Thanks!!

  6. parsmohajer says:

    it was good for me, polish language is a little hard
    thank you

  7. Dave says:

    Hello,
    Doesn’t it have to be ”my czujemy sie” instead of ”my czuje(się)”?

  8. viorica says:

    can you help me with the conjugation of the verb” otwierac” at Present Tense in Polish?
    thank you

  9. Joe Cunningham says:

    I agree, please add the rest of the conjugates for the verbs!!

    On another note, this website is incredibly helpful!! We are all forever grateful!

  10. Tymoteusz says:

    Hi…
    Wonderful website. I was learning/studying the verbs and when I clicked grać the sound-function ceased. I believe the problem is within your website because I have sound with other yahoo, google, youtube links. Also, when I attempt to post an email it will not post.
    Any suggestions how to restore the sound, and post?

    • Hi Tymoteusz,
      the sound seems to work fine for me. If you’ve still got troubles, please tell me which browser you’re using so I can take a look into it.
      Comments do not appear immediately on the website due to spam protection. I can see both your comments, so everything seems to be working as expected.

      Thanks for your post anyway, and don’t hesitate to comment again if you’re still having any troubles.

      Kind regards, Tobias

  11. Tymoteusz says:

    Hi… wonderful site. I was studying the verbs and when I clicked on grać the sound-function ceased to function. I believe its your webpage because I have sound from yahoo, goole, youtube, etc. Any suggestions?

  12. Rodney Palmer says:

    Sorry, just corrected my email address. Thanks for directing me to the German site, very helpful and I envy the German learners their extra information. Keep up the good work.

  13. Rodney Palmer says:

    A brilliant contribution to learning Polish. The pronunciation is prompt and crystal clear. I very much look forward to more full conjugations of the more common verbs which would help develop early conversation practice. Many thanks for this excellent learning tool.

  14. ops says:

    you guys are the best yet!

  15. Inzamam D Crewz says:

    niz

  16. Dear Barbie and Martin,
    thanks for your comments. There already is a complete chapter on the conjugation of Polish verbs on the German version of the website. I’m currently working on the translations, but in the meantime you could use a free online translation service such as Google Translate or a translation plugin for your browser. They’re not perfect, so make sure you double check with the original version whether or not some of the Polish letters have been lost. You might even learn a few German words along the way 🙂

    Best regards,
    Tobi

  17. Martin Hugh Henley says:

    I agree with Barbie – very nice, but can you please conjugate all of the verbs? PLEASE, PLEASE,PLEASE 😉

  18. barbie bastille says:

    i would be for ever grateful if you could do the rest of the verbs. PLEASE PLEASE!

  19. barbie bastille says:

    so helpful. thanks a million!

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