Related to Russian, "прошу (proshu)" - to ask of (pleading), likely of Slavic origin.
I knew someone who studied in Poland for a while and said he heard this word used a lot in situations other than just "please" - like, I THINK he said you might say this when you answer the phone? Are there other common contexts for using this word?
I've never, personally, heard about it being used in phone-specific situation. The three common uses for „proszę” that readily comes to my mind are:
- as a reply when somebody thanks you (like "you're welcome")
- when you didn't hear something and would like another person to repeat (a formal equivalent of "what?")
It's a very commonly used word in many situations related to courtesy.
Also when you are in the cue for the counter and they call you over they would use Proszę. And then there are many other examples.
I've been in Poland recently, i always heard it in restaurants/cafè when waiter brings you the menu' or serves you a dish
I think I've heard this in shops, as in "How may help you?" Is proszę sometimes used this way?
„Proszę” might be use when giving something to somebody else. Something along the lines of "here you are".
It might also loosely mean "how may I help you?" or, the way I consider this, "I am now giving you my full attention".
In Ukrainian, we say 'прошу' ('proshu') as well. We'll be able to understand eachother in no time! :)
hello I have always thought that please was spelt with an e instead of that polish letter am i wrong? and sorry my laptop cant make different language letters :(
Some people make such error, especially since word-final ę is pronounced just like e, but it's a spelling error regardless.
It is also used when someone asks you to get out of the way. " please let me pass. " I hear it often on the bus.
East Slavic:Belarusian: прасі́ць (prasícʹ)Russian: проси́ть (prosítʹ)Ukrainian: проси́ти (prosýty)South Slavic:Old Church Slavonic: просити(prositi)Bulgarian: про́ся (prósja)Serbo-Croatian:Cyrillic: про̀ситиLatin: pròsitiSlovene: prósitiWest Slavic:Czech: prositPolish: prosićSlovak: prosiťSorbian:Lower Sorbian: pšosyśUpper Sorbian: prosyć