For learners of Polish: Cześć – do you know...

where that popular greeting has come from? Generally the word means honour, respect (also a virtue) and shows that we respect the partner. Other greetings:

hej – exactly like in Scandinavian languages. But it can mean attracting somebody's attention: ''Hej, ty, nie widzisz czerwonego światła?" – You over there! Don't you see the red light?

witam – originally means "welcome" and by some people recognized as rude. It's better to say it in the second person: Witaj!

bry – that is the way dzień dobry! sounds when pronounced carelessly. Can be used in a jocular way.

serwus – at present rarely used, popular in Hungary (szervusz). It comes from the Latin word servus meaning a slave. The greeting suggests that we highly respect our partner.

August 28, 2019


Nice collection! But is "czerwone" not "red"?

August 28, 2019

Yes, the author made a mistake.

August 28, 2019

Sorry, my mistake :) Perhaps because I'm colour blind :(

August 28, 2019

You may read more about Polish greetings here.

August 31, 2019

Interesting, my favorite is trzymka!

September 1, 2019
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