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Cześć! Jestem Joanna. Hi! I’m Joanna.
Welcome to PolishPod101.com’s “Polski 3 minuty”. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Polish.
In the last lesson we learned the phrase Ile to kosztuje? How much is it? In this lesson let’s see how we could answer that question by counting zloty in Polish. In Poland the currency is the ZŁOTY.
Literally it means ‘golden’.
Let’s try to say prices in Polish. Start by trying to say "26 złotych 50 groszy"
Dwadzieścia sześć złotych pięćdziesiąt groszy.
[slowly] Dwadzieścia sześć złotych pięćdziesiąt groszy.
As I said before Polish currency is the złoty.
Every złoty is subdivided into 100 groszy. So we have coins of :
Jeden grosz 1
Dwa grosze 2
Pięć groszy 5
Dziesięć groszy 10
Dwadzieścia groszy 20
Pięćdziesiąt groszy 50
Then other coins are:
Jeden złoty 1
Dwa złote 2
Pięć złotych 5
Bills that you can see in Poland are:
Dziesięć złotych 10
Dwadzieścia złotych 20
Pięćdziesiąt złotych 50
Sto złotych 100
Dwieście złotych 200
When you want to say something’s price, first, say the number of złoty and then groszy
Let’s try:
"34 złote 60 groszy"
Trzydzieści cztery złote sześćdziesiąt groszy.
[slowly] Trzydzieści cztery złote sześćdziesiąt groszy.
Get ready for the next example. This one’s longer:
"9 złotych 99 groszy"
Dziewięć złotych dziewięćdziesiąt dziewięć groszy.
[slowly] Dziewięć złotych dziewięćdziesiąt dziewięć groszy.
That takes a lot of effort to say, doesn’t it? You can shorten it by skipping words “złoty” and “groszy” - 9.99 - Dziewięć dziewięćdziesiąt dziewięć.
This is what you will usually hear from Polish people when they talk about prices.
But we don’t omit ‘złoty’ for full amounts like:
2 złote, 18 złotych or 55 złotych.
Now it’s time for Joanna’s Insights.
Poland joined the European Union in 2004 and every member, should eventually adopt the euro. However, the plans of joining the Eurozone by 2019 seem unlikely. So for the time being you have no choice but to get familiar with the Polish złoty!
You should ask your friends in Poland if they want to go shopping with you to practice the phrases we learned today! But first you’ll have to check if they have other plans or not. Do you know how to ask that in Polish? If not, I’ll see you in the next lesson! Do zobaczyska!


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Wednesday at 01:58 AM
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Cześć Dave,

Thank you for your question.

A pattern for "złoty", "zety" and "dychy" which you provided is correct..

You can say also, starting from five, "pięć zetów", "sześć zetów", etc.

Regarding dychy - yes, with numbers greater than 5 change we drop the letter “y”. "Dycha" is a colloquial way of saying "ten" ("dziesiątka") ant it is a feminine noun, that is why "dwa" changes to "dwie".

Keep learning Polish with us! :)



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Tuesday at 03:31 AM
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Cześć Basia,

I just want to check that I have the pattern for złoty correct:

22-24 - złote

25-31 - złotych

32-34 - złote

35-41 - złotych

42-44 - złote

45-51 - złotych

52-54 - złote

"zet", the casual name for złoty, I suppose is similar top the English slang term "quid"?

Is there a pattern like the above for the colloquial terms below?


dwa zety

trzy zety

cztery zety

pięć zeta

sześć zeta

siedem zeta

osiem zeta

Also the following:


dwie dychy

trzy dychy

czterzy dychy

pięc dych ( numbers greater than 5 change, by dropping the letter "Y")?

sześć dych

siedem dych

osiem dych

Why is it "dwie dychy" and not "dwa dychy"?

Is it because "dycha" is feminine? It ends in the letter "a". Therefore, dwa changes to dwie?

Slightly confused?

PolishPod101.com Verified
Wednesday at 09:57 PM
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Hi Alejandro

We say:

1- złoty

2-4 - złote

5-21 - złotych

22-24 - złote

25-31 - złotych and so on...

I hope you can see the pattern, but if you need some more help, please just let me know!



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Tuesday at 08:14 PM
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Hello! Thank you for this nice lesson! Why do you use złote for 34 and then use złotych for 9 (minutes 2:01 and 2:26)? Thank you!

PolishPod101.com Verified
Friday at 04:22 PM
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Hello JP Brzechwa,

Thank you for the comment !

Let's see what our other listeners think about it !



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JP Brzechwa
Thursday at 09:34 PM
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about the Euro, by 2019, if Europe recovers from its economic slump, and above all, if the Euro still exists, who knows? Nonetheless, I am not convinced that it would be a great benefit for Poland given the soaring prices in Europe thanks to the birth of the Euro.