The first sentence written down in Polish was spoken by a concerned Czech peasant from Brukalice to his Polish wife and was documented by a German monk in his Latin chronicles.
Polish is the mother tongue of 46 million people scattered throughout the world, making it the 21st most used language on earth. It has matured over the centuries, derived from the dialects once spoken by the inhabitants of Malopolska and Wielkopolska.
Polish is full of traps. Its grammar and spelling are riddled with exceptions, alternative forms, hard-to-remember rules of inflection and oddities such as the noun declensions ręce-rękoma, pies-psa. For foreigners (particularly English speakers) the most difficult thing is the pronunciation: rustling, crackling, full of sibilants. However, those who take up the challenge of learning Polish compare it to an extreme but satisfying expedition.