Polish interpreters and translators
CIT offers Polish interpreters and translators with legal, medical and specialty experience, including criminal and civil matters, employee meetings, engineering, patent cases, labor disputes, immigration and more.
Although based in Los Angeles, CIT offers comprehensive Polish language services including interpretation, translation and transcription, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, worldwide. Our interpreters and translators are native speakers who have been screened, certified, have provided credentials, field tested, and kept up to date with developments in both English and the Polish language through means such as lectures, conferences, and travel. CIT’s Polish language interpreters and translators possess in depth knowledge of the Polish language, as well as of the culture and history of the Polish people, allowing them to provide informed and complete interpretation and translation.
The Polish Language
The Polish language, part of the Indo-European language group and in the West Slavonic language family, is spoken mainly in Poland by around 36.5 million Polish people. Outside of Poland, another estimated 4 million people speak Polish in German, the UK, Lithuanian, the US, France, Canada, Ireland, Israel, Russia, Czechia and Austria. The Polish language is quite similar to Kashubian, Lower Sorbian, Upper Sorbian, Czech and Slovak. It is also known as Polski, Jezyk Polski (meaning “the polish language”) or Polszczyzna.
The first recording of Polish writing was in 1136, with the text titled “Gniezno papal bull” including 410 Polish names. It was issued by Pope Innocent II, given to the archbishop of Gniezno. This was in order to translate Latin prayers and sermons, in order that only the religious and those who were faithful would be able to understand the prayers. The first two sentences written in Polish were in 1270: one sentence was said by a peasant and one was said by a ruler. Notable Polish poets include Kan Kochanowski (1530-1584) and Adam Mickiewicz (1798-1855), the author of the epic, Pan Tadeusz. The most famous Polish writer, Joseph Conrad (originally known as Konrad Korzeniowski, living from 1857 to 1924), wrote in English and was initially a sailor. Literature written in the Polish language has been done using several dialects, including Gneizno, Cracow and Warsaw dialects.
Polish is written in Roman, or Latin, alphabet, brought on by Christianity. The Polish language has several borrowed words from Italian, English, French, Czech, German, Latin, Belarusian and Ukranian. Especially in post-communist Poland, more loanwords in English were adapted in Polish. The words will try to mascarade as Polish words but are still easily detected as English. For example, the word computer will be known as komputer in Polish. In the pronunciation of words in the Polish language, the stress falls with a fixed stress accent. Many believe that the Polish language is one of the hardest languages in the world to learn.
The reason for this is a difficult pronunciation, complex gender system, the seven cases (nominative, genitive, dative, accusative, vocative, instrumental and locative) and difficult grammar, including verbs and Polish words. Consonants, however, are very similar to those in English and the stress of a word is always on the second to last syllable. The Polish language has 10 vowels and 35 consonants. Learning Polish will give you additional benefits when it comes to learning other languages. Once someone learns Polish, other West Slavic languages, such as Czeck, Slovak and Sorbian are much easier to learn. And in case you were wondering, the longest word in Polish is a whopping 54 letters!