Polish is a West Slavic language, which is spoken by approximately 50 million people worldwide. Besides of Poland, there are large polish speaking communities in Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Lithuania, Great Britain, the Ukraine, the USA and Russia. After Russian, Polish is the second most spoken slavic language in the world.
The Polish alphabet is based on the latin Script, extended by nine diacritical signs (ą, ć, ę, ł, ń, ó, ś, ź and ż). Besides, there are seven digraphs, which are pronounced like one single letter/sound (ch, cz, dz, dź, dż, rz and sz).
Due to the slavic roots of Polish language, most Polish words can not be derived from central european languages. Polish loan words originate from Latin, Greek, Middle High German, Old Czech, in younger history from English, French, German, Ukrainian, Belarussian and Turkish languages.
For people from the central european linguistic area, Polish is not quite easy to learn because of its slavic origin, its pronunciation and the complex Polish grammar. On the other hand, accentuation in Polish is quite straightforward as the stress always lies on the second last syllable of the word. Also, many english and latin words can be "polonized" by adding the ending -ować. Examples are "fotografować" (to take a photograph), "parkować" (to park [a car]) or "mailować" (to write an e-mail).
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