Polish Language – Interesting Facts

Polish Langauge Facts

Polish Language Statistics
Polish is the 29th most spoken language in the world, and is one of the most widely spoken Slavic languages. The official language of Poland, Polish is spoken by most of the 38 million inhabitants of Poland (census 2002) and anywhere up to 48 million Poles living across the world. Countries that have a significant Polish speaking population include the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, Brazil, Israel, Canada and the United States.

Polish Dialects
There are a great many dialects in the Polish language that are unique to the various regions of Poland. For the non-native speaker, this can make Polish Translation confusing and difficult; however native Polish speakers can fluently understand all variations of the language. Prestige Network’s Polish translators and interpreters are all native speakers of the Polish language, so you know that your Polish Translation will be understood and the content and the meaning will be clearly conveyed correctly every time, regardless of the Polish dialect used in the original document.

A Polish Tongue Twister
W Szczebrzeszynie chrząszcz brzmi w trzcinie i Szczebrzeszyn z tego słynie.
In Szczebrzeszyn a beetle buzzes in the reed, for which Szczebrzeszyn is famous.

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Are You Bogged Down While Mastering A Foreign Language?

learning a foreign languageWith the unstoppable globalization of economy, careers and culture are breaking barriers and making a borderless world. Nowhere is this more apparent than in careers. Internet has literally become the window to the world. As information and opportunities abound, the choice in careers is no longer limited to a region, but spread wide across the world.

This has opened the field for newer pastures and wide range of job opportunities. Consequently, the need for learning foreign languages has become necessary. Besides, in the highly competitive business world that we are in, knowing additional languages invariably gives you the added edge.

But learning a foreign language has its own subtle intricacies.

The pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar and the use of proper syntax are just some of the major problems confronting any learner. However, there are some sound techniques for mastering a language. Ideally they are best done using memory techniques.

One of the basic methods is to associate the foreign word with a similar sounding word in the language you are very fluent in. For e,g., the French word for rug/carpet is ‘tapis’. You can associate the word with tap in English. Similarly, the equivalent of grump in French is ‘grogon’. By associating ‘grogon’ with the word groggy in English, which means sleepy and tired, you will be able to remember the French word.

Another memory technique is to use images for improving your foreign vocabulary. So for the above two words in French – ‘tapis’ and ‘grogon’, you can imagine taps being open and water running on a rug or carpet, and use the image to reinforce the meaning of the word ‘tapis’. In the same way, you can use a grumpy looking sleepy face to remember ‘grogon’ to convey the meaning grumpy. The image of drooping eyelids and mouth can be visualized to remember ‘grogon’ as grumpy.

Yet another well-known technique is using town language mnemonics.

Since the basic vocabulary of a language pertains to everyday things – things that you will find in a town, village or city – you can use the different areas and objects to link the images and the corresponding foreign words. You can associate all the food-related words by visualizing a familiar supermarket and substituting the images and the words of food items sold there with the corresponding foreign language words.

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Likewise, all foreign words concerning animals and birds can be remembered by imagining a zoo, and linking the images of different animals and birds in the zoo to the corresponding foreign words. In this way, you can cover different working zones of a town, village or city such as library, park, shopping mall, etc., and master the related foreign words associated with each sphere of activities. This way you will reinforce your foreign language vocabulary thoroughly.

As the Mind Map technique is based on information processing abilities of the brain, Mind Maps have a crucial role as a memory-enhancing process. and deploying this technique for mastering foreign language can only speed up the process of learning. The simplicity of the technique and the efficacy of its process, gives Mind Maps not just a clear edge but in elevating it as a time-tested method for mastering any language.

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7 Good Reasons to Learn a Foreign Language

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Learning a foreign language is naturally a process that require effort and time, much or not, depending on the capability of an individual. Current technology makes learning a second language more flexible and easier.

You can learn at anywhere you like, in your car while trapped in traffic jam, while waiting for commuter to arrive or even while fishing!

Below a just a few reasons why you should learn another language:

 

1. Most significant yet simple reason – Eliminate the language barrier that you may face, easier for you to deal with other people when you go travelling or having work at other country. Majority of native people probably do not know to speak English fluently or do not know to speak English at all, so knowing some key phrases will help you a lot. Moreover, you will want to know what people around you are talking about while you shopping, waiting for taxi, or having dinner at a restaurant.

2. Local people tend to be friendlier with you since you speak same language with them – You also can get friend easily, which in return can help you greatly in dealing with certain troubles that you may encounter, and you might be do not know how to deal with, such as problem related with customary law. Locals also will believe you more than people who cannot speak their language.

3. Knowing a foreign language really help – when you are lost in a remote area where hardly you can find people who can speak English except local language.

4. Giving you chances to understand the exotic local traditions and way of living easier and deeper –  This priceless experience is absolutely an opportunity not be missed for anyone who love to travel. You can share beautiful moment having fun with locals in occasion and understand the meaning behind it, which in the same time, give you knowledge.

5. Improve your memory skill resulting from activity of reading, learning and memorizing –  Open up your mind to be more acceptable to other people’s differences. Your thinking will be more maturely and sensibly.

6. This is reality – people who learn a foreign language are wealthier, happier and are regarded sexier than those who can speak only English 🙂

7. From a survey conducted in Britain involving 270 dating agencies –  the result shows that people who speak or learn a foreign language are more attractive, intelligent and sexier to the opposite sex.

Hopefully some of the reasons above will give you some ideas on how important to learn additional language. Continuous learning for life leads to success and wisdom. For more information on languages visit our Translation Agency at Prestige Network.

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