The International Mother Language Day represents the day in year 1952, when students demonstrating for the recognition of their language Bengali as one of the two national languages of Pakistan, were shot and killed by police in Dhaka, which is the capital city of present day Bangladesh.
In Poland we also had times when we couldn`t use our own language. In 19th century germanization and russification attempts of our occupants fell. Today Polish is considered one of the hardest languages in the world!
Did you know that the most troublesome feature of Polish orthography is what linguists call complex consonant clusters - series of consonants without any vowels. They occur in many languages, But while English usually draws the line at three consonants, Polish sometimes joins as many as five consonants. It is a phenomenon called the Polish syllable structure, which is allegedly surpassed only by Georgian in terms of complexity. Try to pronounce: BEZWZGLĘDNY, PSZCZOŁA, STRZĘP, WSZCZĄĆ.
Polish alphabet is Latin, but there are many letters you won’t find in any other alphabet: ą, ć, ę, ł, ń, ó, ś, ź, ż. But that`s the easiest part, because next come the digraphs: ch, cz, dz, dź, dż, rz, sz… and then trigrpahs…
You can learn this and much more on "CHRZĄSZCZ! Polish Language Tour".
It combines learning and fun. After the tour, you will be able to read Polish!
Currently we are running five guided tours of Warsaw in English: