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Polish Cultural Awareness



About Polish Cultural Awareness

More Poles live in the UK today than ever before. Our Polish cultural awareness services are an effective introduction to cultural and diversity awareness, and also a practical guide to communicating effectively across cultures. Keeping lines of communication open to the Polish community through the use of services that improve Polish cultural awarenes is becoming increasingly important in our modern and multiculturally aware society.

Polish Cultural Awareness Service

Today's successful organisations are increasingly likely to require their staff have the Polish Cultural Awareness skills to operate to understand the cultural implications of their decisions. Our Polish cultural awareness service ensures they possess the ability to turn Polish cultural awareness to their advantage.

Prestige's Polish cultural awareness programmes will raise the understanding and awareness of how culture impacts on an organisation and personnel. They provide the necessary foundation, framework and tools to be culturally competent and sensitive to individuals form a Polish cultural background.

The growing need to negotiate and communicate effectively across cultural boundaries demands a high level of understanding as to the ways in which different cultures approach issues. The earlier Polish cultural awareness can be created, the more effective individuals dealing with the Polish speaking population will be.

Topics covered on the programme include:

  • Identifying the crucial cultural differences and similarities affecting the way people from different cultures work
  • Implications of cultural differences on corporate styles
  • Negotiating styles across cultures
  • Communication Patterns across cultures
  • Developing strategies to work more effectively with other cultures.

Cross-cultural Consultancy

We realize at Prestige Network that marketing and communication relates to not only languages but also values, beliefs and attitudes that differ from culture to culture. We provide our clients with specialized consultancy on Polish cultural awareness. We make sure that the context of the message is adapted to appeal to Polish cultures.

How will it benefit:

  • Increased Polish cultural awareness and sensitivity in team members
  • Building cross-cultural competence in managers
  • Integrating cultural factor in strategic decision making
  • Improved confidence in working in a cross-cultural team

Polish Language Statistics

Polish is the 29th most spoken language in the world, and is one of the most widely spoken Slavic languages. The official language of Poland, Polish is spoken by most of the 38 million inhabitants of Poland (census 2002) and anywhere up to 48 million Poles living across the world. Countries that have a significant Polish speaking population include the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, Brazil, Israel, Canada and the United States.

Polish Dialects

There are a great many dialects in the Polish language that are unique to the various regions of Poland. For the non-native speaker, this can make Polish cultural awareness confusing and difficult; however native Polish speakers can fluently understand all variations of the language. Prestige Network's Polish translators and interpreters are all native speakers of the Polish language.

A small selection of short Polish phrases.

Tip: remember how to say 'good day' which you can even say at night!
  • Good day: Dzien dobry ('jean' and 'dough' plus 'bree' like the cheese)
  • Hi: Czesc (use this one on friends only: 'che sh ch' but run it all together as one sound)
  • Bye: Czesc (works like 'aloha' or 'ciao' or 'salut', making informal comings and goings easy)
  • I don't speak Polish: Nie mowie po polsku ('nyeh', 'moovie' then 'po' as in really poor, and 'pole sku')
  • I speak English: Mowie po angielsku ('moovie' 'po' angielsku)
  • I don't understand: Nie rozumiem ( 'nie' as above, 'row zoo me m' works for the operative word)
  • Help me please: Prosze mi pomoc (for those unexpected tourist emergencies - 'prosze', 'mi' is just like 'me' in English in sound and meaning and the 'po moats' functions as the HELP signal)
  • Please write that down: Prosze to napisac (when you 'nie rozumiem' but want to, stumble out 'prosze' as above then 'toe' which means it, and end with 'nah pee sach' which means write)
  • Good bye: Do widzenia ('dough' and 'wid zen ya' comes close enough)

Dedicated Website for Polish Services

Prestige is committed to serving the needs of businesses and Public Sector relating to Polish language. Please visit our two dedicated Polish web-sites www.polish-interpreting.co.uk and www.translation-polish.co.uk for dedicated Polish language and Polish cultural awareness services from Polish Interpreting to Polish Translation - and much more.

Related Services

We offer a whole range of services in Polish language from simultaneous interpretation to web localization with additional access to more than 200 languages. For more information on any of our Polish language services or Polish face-to-face Interpreting services, please contact us. Our professional and friendly help is just a phone call away - call us now on 01635 866 888 or email salesuk@prestigenetwork.com

Nationwide Services

Our Polish services are available nationwide, across all nine regions of the UK. A list of some of the towns where Prestige Network's Polish services are available follows:

Cornwall (Bodmin, Truro, Camborne, Redruth, St. Austell, Falmouth, Penzance, Newquay) Cumberland (Carlisle, Whitehaven, Workington, Penrith, Keswick, Brampton) Suffolk (Ipswich, Bury St. Edmunds, Lowestoft, Felixstowe, Sudbury, Haverhill, Bungay) Surrey (Guildford, Croydon, Woking, Sutton, Kingston-on-Thames, Wandsworth, Wimbledon, Brixton) Sussex (Chichester, Brighton, Worthing, Crawley, Hastings, Eastbourne, Bognor Regis, Horsham) Warwickshire (Warwick, Birmingham, Coventry, Nuneaton, Rugby, Solihull, Stratford-upon-Avon) Westmorland (Appleby, Kendal, Windermere, Ambleside, Kirkby Lonsdale) Wiltshire (Trowbridge, Salisbury, Swindon, Chippenham, Devizes, Marlborough, Warminster) Worcestershire (Worcester, Dudley, Kidderminster, Stourbridge, Halesowen, Malvern, Evesham) Yorkshire (Northallerton, Middlesbrough, Scarborough, Whitby, Beverley, Hull, Bridlington, Driffield, Hornsea, Filey, Wakefield, Leeds, Sheffield, Bradford, Halifax, Harrogate, York, Doncaster, Barnsley, Rotherham) Cheshire (Chester, Stockport, Birkenhead, Wallasey, Runcorn, Macclesfield, Crewe) Derbyshire (Derby, Chesterfield, Ilkeston, Swadlincote, Buxton, Matlock, Ashbourne) Devon (Exeter, Plymouth, Torquay, Paignton, Barnstaple, Tiverton, Newton Abbot, Tavistock) Somerset (Taunton, Bath, Weston-super-Mare, Yeovil, Bridgwater, Wells, Glastonbury) Bedfordshire (Bedford, Luton, Dunstable, Leighton Buzzard, Biggleswade, Sandy) Berkshire (Reading, Bracknell, Maidenhead, Newbury, Thatcham, Windsor, Wokingham, Abingdon) Buckinghamshire (Aylesbury, Milton Keynes, Slough, Buckingham, High Wycombe) Cambridgeshire (Cambridge, Wisbech, Ely, March, Whittlesey, Chatteris, Linton) Staffordshire (Stafford, Stoke-on-Trent, Wolverhampton, Walsall, Cannock, Lichfield) Aberdeenshire (Aberdeen, Peterhead, Fraserburgh, Inverurie, Huntley, Ellon, Turriff) Angus/Forfarshire (Forfar, Dundee, Arbroath, Brechin, Montrose, Carnoustie, Kirriemuir) WALES (including Monmouthshire) Cardiganshire/Ceredigion (Cardigan, Aberystwyth, Lampeter, New Quay, Tregaron) Denbighshire/Sir Ddinbych (Denbigh, Wrexham, Ruthin, Abergele, Llangollen) Flintshire/Sir Fflint (Mold, Flint, Rhyl, Prestatyn, Connah's Quay, Holywell, Buckley, St. Asaph) Anglesey/Sir Fon (Beaumaris, Holyhead, Llangefni, Amlwch, Menai Bridge) Brecknockshire/Sir Frycheiniog (Brecon, Builth Wells, Hay-on-Wye, Talgarth, Llanwrtwd Wells) Caernarfonshire/Sir Gaernarfon (Caernarfon, Bangor, Llandudno, Conwy, Pwllheli, Porthmadog) Carmarthenshire/Sir Gaerfyrddin (Carmarthen, Llanelli, Ammanford, Llandovery, Kidwelly, St. Clears) Glamorgan/Morgannwg (Cardiff, Swansea, Merthyr Tydfil, Barry, Caerphilly, Bridgend, Neath, Pontypridd) Merioneth/Meirionnydd (Dolgellau, Bala, Tywyn, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Barmouth, Harlech) Monmouthshire/Sir Fynwy (Monmouth, Newport, Blackwood, Cwmbran, Abergavenny, Chepstow, Tredegar) Montgomeryshire/Sir Drefaldwyn (Montgomery, Newtown, Welshpool, Machynlleth, Llanidloes) Pembrokeshire/Sir Benfro (Pembroke, Milford Haven, Haverfordwest, Fishguard, Tenby, St. David's) Radnorshire/Sir Faesyfed (Presteigne, Llandrindod Wells, Knighton, Rhayader, New Radnor) Argyllshire (Inveraray, Oban, Dunoon, Campbeltown, Lochgilphead, Tobermory) Ayrshire (Ayr, Kilmarnock, Irvine, Saltcoats, Kilwinning, Largs, Troon, Cumnock) Perthshire (Perth, Crieff, Pitlochry, Callander, Blairgowrie, Rattray, Coupar Angus, Kincardine)Renfrewshire (Renfrew, Paisley, Greenock, Johnstone, Port Glasgow, Barrhead, Kilmalcolm) Banffshire (Banff, Buckie, Keith, Macduff, Portsoy, Dufftown) Berwickshire (Greenlaw, Duns, Eyemouth, Lauder, Coldstream) Buteshire (Rothesay, Millport, Brodick, Lochranza) Cromartyshire (Cromarty, Ullapool) Caithness (Wick, Thurso, Halkirk, Castletown) Clackmannanshire (Clackmannan, Alloa, Tillicoultry, Tullibody) Dumfriesshire (Dumfries, Annan, Lockerbie, Moffat, Sanquhar, Langholm, Gretna) Dunbartonshire/Dumbartonshire (Dumbarton, Clydebank, Cumbernauld, Helensburgh, Alexandria, Kirkintilloch) East Lothian/Haddingtonshire (Haddington, North Berwick, Dunbar, Tranent, East Linton) Fife (Cupar, Dunfermline, Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy, St. Andrews, Cowdenbeath, Burntisland) Inverness-shire (Inverness, Fort William, Kingussie, Newtonmore, Portree) Kincardineshire (Stonehaven, Banchory, Laurencekirk, Inverbervie) Kinross-shire (Kinross, Milnathort) Kirkcudbrightshire (Kircudbright, Castle Douglas, Dalbeattie, New Galloway) Lanarkshire (Lanark, Glasgow, East Kilbride, Hamilton, Motherwell, Coatbridge, Carluke) Midlothian/Edinburghshire (Edinburgh, Musselburgh, Penicuik, Dalkeith, Bonnyrigg) Morayshire (Elgin, Forres, Rothes, Lossiemouth, Fochabers) Nairnshire (Nairn, Auldearn, Cawdor, Ferness)Orkney (Kirkwall, Sromness, Balfour) Peeblesshire (Peebles, Innerleithen, West Linton) Ross-shire (Dingwall, Stornaway, Tain, Alness, Invergorden) Roxburghshire (Jedburgh, Hawick, Kelso, Melrose, Roxburgh)Selkirkshire (Selkirk, Clovenfords, Galashiels) Shetland (Lerwick, Scalloway, Baltasound)Stirlingshire (Stirling, Falkirk, Grangemouth, Kilsyth, Bridge of Allan, Denny, Alva) Sutherland (Dornoch, Helmsdale, Brora, Golspie, Lairg, Durness, Tongue) West Lothian/Linlithgowshire (Linlithgow, Livingston, Bo'ness, Broxburn, Whitburn, Armadale, Bathgate)Wigtownshire (Wigtown, Stranraer, Newton Stewart, Whithorn)