At least 50 million people worldwide speak Polish, a language that joins with Czech and Slovak to comprise the West-Slavic group of Indo-European languages. In addition to serving as Poland's official means of communication, it is also a commonly spoken second tongue in Belarus, Lithuania, Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine. Natives of these countries join the large number of people worldwide who understand the shaded nuances of this distinctive vernacular.

Polish Nouns and Adjectives

Those who begin a study of the Polish language will also find that many Polish vocabulary words have Latin roots that make them immediately recognizable. They will also quickly see that there is no need to match the gender of an article to a noun. That's because the Polish language contains no articles whatsoever, relying instead on inflection to clarify the meaning of a sentence.

The Polish language designates every noun and adjective as either masculine, feminine or neuter. With the exception of nouns referring to male or female animals, the gender of these words normally has little to do with their specific attributes. An adjective will vary in gender to match that of the noun it modifies.


Polish Vocabulary: Word Order and Dropped Words

The Polish language places somewhat less importance on the precise order of words within a sentence than it does on the meaning of the words themselves. Nevertheless, the order of Polish words will usually follow a standard sequence of subject, predicate and object. In addition, adjectives will normally precede the nouns they modify.

In Polish, the practice of dropping words is common. Speakers will nearly always leave out the words "you," "my" and "your." It is also more customary to drop the subject of a sentence than the object. While a Polish declaration will always tell you the recipient of an action, it may leave to your imagination a definitive sense of who or what performed it.

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