Polish Translation Services
Polish (Polski) Translators who work with Prestige Network understand the nature of ethnic communities and the sensitivity of the work of the government, local authorities, the health sector – both private and the NHS, charities and the Police, etc. By coming to us you receive the best quality, perfectly formatted translation – every time! We work only with the best Polish linguists available in the UK.
Important note: when translating from English to Polish it is essential that the translator is a native speaker of the target language (Polish). However, when the requirement is Polish to English the translator must be fluent in Polish and a native of the English language. This is essential to ensure quality translations!
Polish Around The World
Polish is spoken by around 55 million people across the world, principally in Poland but also as a second language in western parts of Belarus, Lithuania and the Ukraine, as well as northern parts of the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Thanks to several periods of mass emigration from Poland, most notably after World War II, millions of Polish speakers can also be found in Australia, Brazil, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States.
It is an official language of the European Union and is the second-most widely spoken Slavic language after Russian, and just ahead of Ukrainian. Poland is the most linguistically homogenous European country, with 97% of Poland’s citizens declare Polish as their first language. In history, Polish is known to be an important language, both diplomatically and academically in Central and Eastern Europe.
Interpreting: We are increasingly being called upon to provide interpreters for HR-related issues including appraisals, performance reviews, disciplinary procedures and more . We also regularly provide Polish interpreters to the NHS, the Department for Work and Pensions and elsewhere.
History of the Polish Language
Polish began to emerge as a distinct language around the 10th century, largely triggered by the establishment and development of the Polish state. With the adoption of Christianity, Poland also began to use the Latin alphabet, which is in use to this day, although with the addition of 9 further characters. This made it possible to write down the Polish language, which had until then existed only as a spoken language. Eminent Polish scholar Tomasz Kamusella notes that “Polish is the oldest non-ecclesiastical written Slavic language with a continuous tradition of literacy and official use that has lasted unbroken from the 16th century until the present day”. Polish was a lingua franca from 1500-1700 across Central and Eastern Europe due to the political, cultural, scientific and military influence of the former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
The geographical distribution of the Polish language was greatly affected by the territorial changes of Poland immediately after World War II. Poles settled in the ‘Recovered Territories’ in the west and north, which previously had been German-speaking. Some Poles remained in the territories to the east that had been annexed by the USSR, resulting in the present-day minority groups of Polish speakers in Lithuania, Belarus and the Ukraine.
There are between four and five standard main dialects recognised within the Polish language:
– Greater Polish, spoken in the west
– Lesser Polish, spoken in the south and southeast
– Masovian, spoken acrosss the central and eastern parts of the country
– Silesian, spoken in the southwest, also often considered a separate language
– Kashubian, spoken west of Gdansk, also often considered a separate language
Polish is a highly inflected language, with relatively free word order, although in common with other European languages the dominant arrangement is subject-verb-object. There are no articles, and subject pronouns are often dropped.
Polish has, over its long history, borrowed many words from other languages. Notable early influences came from Latin, Czech and Hungarian, whilst more recently French, German and Turkish have had a strong influence on the Polish language. Currently, English words are the most frequent imports to Polish.
The Latin language, which used to be the only official language of the Polish state, had a great influence on the development of the Polish language. Many Polish words are direct borrowings from Latin, which was known by most of the numerous szlachta until the mid-18th century, and also continued to be taught extensively in Polish schools until World War II.