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"English not generally, French even less" Language Tip by zaz99

Language, Warsaw: 6 reviews and 4 photos

I have been to Poland twice, and visited many places, I love the country, love the people, so please, do not get me wrong. It is true that in Warsaw, Krakow, Gdansk, and other major cities some of the population speak English around the tourist areas, But in general I would say 10% to 15%, speak English enough to be able to hold conversation, and less than 5% do speak French. But if you travel in villages or small cities have a guide that speaks Polish with you, or do like I do bring a dictionary and a “cheat sheet”, before going learn basic words, and be prepared to do a lot of pointing.

However those younger than 25, that is about when Russian was no longer forced and they could choose other languages, can almost all understand basic English. Sadly most of them are still in school so not a great part of the workforce.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 21, 2007
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