"Hello!"

Translation:Cześć!

May 20, 2016

13 Comments


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

    May 20, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/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".

    May 20, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/JnJancoHos

    Are you from slovakia?

    June 2, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Jellei

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

    June 4, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Nicolas493991

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

    September 5, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Jellei

    I'd stick with "Dzień dobry".

    September 5, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/JodieGil

    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!

    August 23, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/Bookstoreriot

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

    October 1, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/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.

    October 1, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/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?

    January 15, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/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).

    January 15, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/Helen979111

    Cześć

    April 20, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/utah00

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

    July 17, 2017
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