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Welcome to PolishPod101.com’s “Polski w 3 minuty”. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Polish.
Cześć. Jestem Joanna. Miło Cię poznać.
Hi! I’m Joanna. Nice to meet you.
In this series, we’re going to learn basic Polish expressions. It’s super easy and it only takes three minutes!
In this lesson, you’re going to learn how to introduce yourself in Polish. We’ll start speaking right away, but first it is important to clarify that in Polish often there is a difference between formal and informal language.
Let’s first see how Polish people introduce themselves in an *informal* situation.
Cześć! Jestem Joanna. Hi! I’m Joanna.
[slowly] Cześć! Jestem Joanna.
Miło mi Cię poznać means “nice to meet you”, but Polish people don’t really use this phrase.
In *informal* situations it’s better if you just say Miło mi.
Start by saying:
Cześć! Jestem ... then, say your name. Cześć! Jestem Joanna. Finally, if you want, say: Miło mi.
Cześć! Jestem Joanna. Miło mi.
And now let’s see the same sentence in formal speech:
Dzień dobry! Nazywam się Joanna Suchecka. Miło mi Pana poznać.
Good day! My name is Joanna Suchecka. Nice to meet you.
[slowly] Dzień dobry! Nazywam się Joanna Suchecka. Miło mi Pana poznać.
This is what you say, if you’re talking to a man.
If you’re talking to a woman, say:
Dzień dobry! Nazywam się Joanna Suchecka. Miło mi Panią poznać.
[slowly] Dzień dobry! Nazywam się Joanna Suchecka. Miło mi Panią poznać.
So, what has changed from the previous introduction? Let’s take a close look at these expressions together.
Cześć has been substituted with the formal greeting Dzień dobry, Polish for "good day" or “good morning”.
Jestem Joanna also changed; jestem simply means "I am," however during a formal self introduction you should avoid saying this. It’s better to say Nazywam się Joanna Suchecka, which means “my name is Joanna Suchecka”. Also in formal situations, please remember to say your full name.
Finally, pay attention to the ending: we went from Miło mi Cię poznać to Miło mi Pana - or - Panią poznać. We changed Cię into Pana or Panią. If you use Cię you’re addressing someone around your age. But if you find yourself in formal situation or talk to a person, who’s older than you, use Pana, to address a man or Panią to address a woman.
One more time:
The informal way to introduce yourself in Polish is Cześć! Jestem Joanna. Miło mi. The formal way to introduce yourself is Dzień dobry! Nazywam się Joanna Izi. Miło mi Pana poznać.
or
Dzień dobry! Nazywam się Joanna Izumi. Miło mi Panią poznać.
Now it’s time for Joanna’s Insights.
If you feel confused about the Nice to meet you part, feel free to skip it. As I mentioned before, Polish people don’t use it much.
When you introduce yourself, it's a good habit to shake hands. It doesn’t matter whether you’re meeting a man or a woman - do the handshake. Remember to make it quite firm. If your hand is too loose it gives the other person a bad impression. We also say that it feels like holding a dead fish.
That’s it for this lesson! Do you know how we say “thank you” in Polish? You’ll learn how to say this and much more in the next lesson. Do zobaczenia!
See you!

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PolishPod101.com
Friday at 6:30 pm
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Try introducing yourself in Polish!

Wednesday at 3:56 am
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Hi Carline,

Thank you for your kind reply.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Cristiane
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carline
Tuesday at 10:20 pm
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Great, Joanna!

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Tuesday at 8:08 pm
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Hi Ighor! Miło Cię poznać!:)

Cheers 😎
Basia
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Ighor
Friday at 12:23 am
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Dzień dobry! Nazywam się Ighor. Miło mi panią poznać. Dziękuję panią Joannę Suchecku za tę lekcję.

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Wednesday at 9:51 pm
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Hi Dylan & Kitka

Sorry for late reply but will try to help you.

Dylan, yes, you can use form ‘Miło mi Pana/Panią/Państwa poznac’ in formal as well as informal situations. I would drop it as soon as I met somebody just to show off how good my Polish is:)

Kitka, the accent in Polish is almost always on one but last part of the word. For example in word ‘telewizja’ (television) you will put an accent on ‘wi’. Don’t worry too much about hyper correct pronunciation: as long as you practice and watch lesson videos with sound on it will get better and better:)

Cheers😎
Basia
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Kitka
Friday at 1:58 pm
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I get confused about the accents on the consonants instead of the vowels! That changes the pronunciation of the word. I know I am “Ćio Ćia Kitka” and it sounds like “chuh cha”. I remember my mom trying to teach us kids the Polish alphabet, and I only remember the “ł” is pronounced like a “w” when crossed.
Then there’s the cabbage rolls! 😮

Katherine Kasiborski
Friday at 1:44 pm
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Cześć! Jestem Kitka. Miło mi.
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Dzień dobry. Naziwam się Katarzyna Kasiborska. Miło mi Państwo poznać.

Dylan Bain
Monday at 6:15 pm
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Cześć! Jestem Dylan. Miło mi.
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Dzień dobry! Nazywam się Dylan Bain. Miło mi Pana/Panią poznać.

Just to clarify, can you drop the Nice to Meet You part in both the formal and informal situations? Thank you ! 😄

Polishpod101.com
Wednesday at 10:48 am
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Hello Kota,
you could say, “Miło mi Panią i Pana poznać”, but to sound more natural, you can also say “Miło mi Państwa poznać”. We use the word “Państwo” when we talk to people we respect in plural, and when there are people of both sexes. For instance, when you open an official meeting or conference, you often say “Szanowni Państwo”, meaning “(Dear) ladies and gentleman”. Another example of this word would be “gdyby byli Państwo zainteresowani, to…” (If you were interested in it, then… - and this “you” is someone we don’t know personally and we respect, in this case, probably our clients). It is very formal Polish, but in certain situations, when you want to sound polite, you should definitely use it.

Thanks for your question, don’t hesitate to ask more!

Katarzyna
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Kota
Monday at 4:45 pm
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Cześć.
Thank you for giving me such a nice lesson here. I enjoy this lesson everyday really.

I’m just wondering, how can i say “Nice to meet you” to friend’s parents?
There is friend’s father and mother so which words should I use it when I say it?
Miło mi (Pana or Panią?) poznać ?

Kota