Yes! People speak English in Poland!
While traveling on a private tour to Poland with Key To Poland, you don’t need to worry about communication issues. There may be occasional instances you may wish to speak with someone who doesn’t understand English and we are happy to assist! Let’s learn some information about English speaking in Poland so you can feel better prepared for your journey.
Many Poles speak English well.
English is not a language that Polish people always learn to speak, but there are a significant number of Poles who speak English well. The world’s largest ranking of countries and regions with English skills (EF EPI 2019) place Poland in the 11th position out of 100 countries.
You will most often find English speakers in big cities, where English is used on a daily basis. There should also be no problem with English communication at Polish airports, railway stations or restaurants in the city center. More often it is the younger generations that speak better English, so they are your best bet if you are looking for someone to communicate with.
Even if people in Poland can understand you, Poles are actually very shy about speaking English. There is a big chance that if you ask someone if they speak English they will respond with “not really” or “just a little bit” but what it usually means is “yes, I speak English.” Polish people are happy to assist travelers so be patient and polite and they may open up and speak with you. Polish people are very proud of their country and are happy when people visit Poland.
Why don’t people want to speak English?
The reason Polish people don’t always like to communicate in English is based on their educational experience. Many teachers are focused on grammar and vocabulary and not on actual conversations. After 9 years of studying English, I was not able to have a meaningful conversation in English until I moved to Iceland and was interacting with English speaking travelers on a regular basis. Working with tourists from all over the world forced me to use my skills in real life situations.
Most people, 50s and older, in Poland will not speak English. These people, such as my parents, grew up in the Polish People’s Republic, which was subject to the USSR. At school, they studied Russian and not English. This was a different time and a difficult reality, so please be kind to those who can not communicate in English.
English Speaking Services in Poland
As mentioned before, while traveling with us on a private tour to Poland, you don’t need to worry about the language barrier. We work only with guides that are fluent in English and will oversee everything for you. Everywhere we visit you will have access to English speaking local guides or a translator so that your questions can be heard and answered. Many restaurants in Poland provide English menus for their guests and hotel staff usually speak English very well. We will also do our best to teach you some Polish words and phrases along the way!
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