"Why are you writing slowly?"
Translation:Dlaczego piszesz wolno?
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https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/polish-english/wolny translates mostly as free and only at the end is mentioned as slow but https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/polish-english/wolno is mostly slowly. Sometimes it translates as "free to" or "allowed to"
Not much, but pomału vs. powoli is 30 times less frequent. Pomału belongs to literary or colloquial register, not to the official communications.
The origin of pomału is mało = little and the po- prefix is the remnant of an old case and means in the * way, like to speak English = mówić po angielsku or to speak the English way. That is, po-mału means in little, tiny steps or gradually.
The origin of wolno is wola = (your own) will or wolny = free and it means not bounded by any contraints.
Powoli is a derivative of wola and now it means slowly, but its origin is "not pressed by anyone."