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World Youth Day-Key Polish Phrases

Hey Everyone,

I'm an English speaking Canadian going to World Youth Day in Poland soon and I am looking for important phrases in Polish that will be helpful for a pilgrim/tourist.


July 11, 2016



Hi. most Polish young people speak English, but you may need to talk to older people too.

My tip no 1 is to learn how to pronounce Polish words, or anticipate how they should be spelled. Even if people speak English you may still need to pronounce a name of a street, town or a bus/tram stop.

for that you may use http://mowicpopolsku.com/polish-alphabet-pronunciation/ or https://www.duolingo.com/skill/pl/Phrases.

(you can use ivona.com to listen to Polish phrases too, and doing few first lessons here may be helpful too.)

also I found my "resources" from 2011 WYD in Madrid, where I have "useful" phrases for pilgrims in Polish and Spanish. I will rewrite them here, adding translation in English.

(My Polish is native, my English is OK)

Nie-No ( In Polish "no" is a colloquial yes, something like yeah)
Dziękuję bardzo-Thank you very much
Przepraszam--Excuse me/I am sorry (one word for both, but young Poles sometimes say English "sorry" when they mean excuse me)
Cześć/Pa-Bye Do jutra--See you tomorrow
Dobry wieczór- Good evening
Dzień dobry- Good morning/Good afternoon (Polish has one greeting for a whole day)
Jak się nazywasz- What is your name
Nazywam się...-- My name is...
Ile masz lat? - How old are you
Mam ...lat - I am ...
skąd jesteś? ? where are you from?
Ile to kosztuje-- How much is it
Miło mi ciebie poznać- nice to meet you (when talking to a person your age)
Nie ma za co- (polite reply after thank you)
To żaden problem - It is not a problem
Nie wiem - I do not know
Czy mówisz po angielsku/niemiecku/hiszpańsku/rosyjsku- do you speak English/German/Spanish/Russian
Nie mówię po... - I don't speak ....

Nie rozumiem- I don't understand

Gdzie jest najbliższy kościół?- Where is the closest church
O której jest Msza Święta?- what hour is the mass
Jestem pielgrzymem- I am a Pilgrim

Zgubiłem się( says a girl), zgubiłem się (says a boy)- I am lost.

Jak dotrzeć do - How do I go to...

Msza Święta - Holy Mass
Modlitwa - Prayer
Jutrznia - Lauds (Morning Prayer in Liturgy of hour)
Nieszpory - Vespers (Morning Prayer in Liturgy of hour)
Droga Krzyżowa- Way of the cross
Spowiedź- Confession
Światowe Dni Młodzieży- World Youth Day
Dni w diecezji- Days in diocese


Also other tips that came to me, from experience.

Do not rely only on your phone. that damn thing may loose power just when you are alone and do not know your way. Write down your address, name of the big street in the area, bus/tram stop, church. write down the contact number for your host family/group coordinator. etc.

Remember or write down:

"Zgubiłem się"- I am lost.
Jak dotrzeć do...- how to get to...
Przepraszam. Czy może mi pan pomóc-Excuse me. Can you help me, sir
Przepraszam. Czy może mi pani pomóc-Excuse me. can you help me, ma'am.

If you are allergic or have food intolerance, write a note that you can just show to people listing food you can and can't eat. If you need help I could translate it for you.


You can learn days of the week and numbers in Duolingo, but as those are lessons further down the tree, you can check them here
days and months


*Zgubiłem się (says a boy)


Great list, but one thing. Hispanski is not Russian. Hispanski refers to Spanish (note Hispanic) and Rosyski is Russian.

Feel free to correct me on writing, as, though I am rather fluent in spoken Polish, I cannot write it to save my life.



Please remark:

ZGUBIŁAM SIĘ (says a girl), zgubiłem się (says a boy) - I am lost.


Polish youth speaks in English. You could be trouble with conversations with older people, more than 40 years old. http://www.rozmowki.slowka.pl/angielski_rozmowki.php


I just read there will be (or already is?? I can't find it right now) official World Youth Day app with all the stuff needed, schedules, maps, useful phrases in Polish etc. It might help you.
It would be easier if you told us what exactly you want to know. Phrases like "Dzień dobry" or "Nazywam się..." are in every phrasebook and you can easily find them on the net.
I found this one: learnpolishfeelgood.com

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I would suggest looking for an English-Polish Phrasebook, and have it with you.

There are also pages with some useful typical phrases for travelling into Poland like

I have never been to any WYD, but if there is something specific you believe you could need, please write these phrases in English, and I will do my best to translate them for you.


I found the most usefull phrase of all. That one everybody needs to know

Where are the toilets? – gdzie jest toaleta? pronounced ‘gdsie yest toaleta?’


True. Learn this phrase in every language, and you can travel around the world, no questions asked!


Usually the wyd town is crowded af with pilgrims. There are often more pilgrims than inhabitants :'D Even an hour away from Cologne we had plenty of them and as they're travelling in groups they're never alone.

Even being accidentally in Barcelona after the wyd on Madrid was a nightmare. Absolutely everything was crowded with pilgrims, they're always visible with their backpack. The hard rock store was sold out because of them :D and we couldn't see the Sagrada/other churches behause we had no pilgrim passport. But I think these signs were all in spanish and English. Every sight is crowded during youth days :'D The population is probably also briefed, you're proud to have the world in your area, even though it's stressful too.


Here is official WYD dictionary/Phrasebook. You still need to learn how to read Polish.


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