"Hello!"

Translation:Cześć!

May 20, 2016

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[deactivated user]

    Yes, i just learned how informal it was. I had been saying Czesz to every as station attendant, waiter, person on the street in Poland. My family never stopped me!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Okina_Matara

    What is the difference between cześć and część?


    [deactivated user]

      Isn't "cześć" more of a "hi"? How official is it? Can I use it to greet a super-important person in official situation?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jellei

      Definitely not. I always thought that "hello" is only informal as well, but English natives on Duolingo make me change my mind about that a bit. Anyway, you can use "cześć" with your acquaintances, colleagues and friends, your family (at least close family), and probably strangers that seem to be about the same age as you or younger, when the situation seems informal enough (school/uni/concert/club/bar etc.). So yeah, more of a "hi".


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JnJancoHos

      Are you from slovakia?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jellei

      Me? Why? :D I'm a moderator of the Polish course, so I'm from Poland :)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nicolas493991

      So would be a "hello" in a formal way?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jellei

      I'd stick with "Dzień dobry".


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/annafaniabee

      Isn't witam also hello? What makes it different from czesc?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/immery

      Witam is "welcome" ( I welcome). It is now often used as the greeting at the beginning of e-mail, but this is complicated situation - it's less informal than cześć, but not formal.

      Using when having real life conversation - I don't know people who use it this way. Using it when you are not a host would be weird. Also "Dzień dobry/Dobry wieczór" are much better.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Steve01010101

      But "Dobry wieczór", is good evening, correct? So not actually related to saying "Hello"?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jellei

      Well, if you say "Hello" in the evening, it's not that far from "Good evening" ;)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/e28144

      So it would not be appropriate to say "czesz" to a stranger, waitress, train station staff and store owners? If not, what is the appropriate word here?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jellei

      To a stranger about your age or younger - it's okay, if the situation seems informal enough. Especially if you yourself are young. The other situations rather call for "dzień dobry" (good morning/afternoon).


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/utah00

      It would really help to have the audio attachment at these places to verify pronunciation

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