Polish is one of the world’s major languages, with more than forty million speakers all over the world. According to Wikipedia, it is the second most widely-spoken of the Slavic languages, after Russian. Although the Polish language is native to Poland, there are groups of Polish speakers in many different parts of the world, including the United States, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Lithuania, Belarus, the Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Germany, and Israel, to name a few.
There are five main dialects of Polish, including:
- Greater Polish
- Lesser Polish
The dialects are broken into regions for use, with Greater Polish mostly used in the west, Lesser Polish in the south/southeast, Masovian in the central/east, Silesian in the southwest, and Kashubian in some other places. Some experts classify Silesian and Kashubian as distinct individual languages, while others deem them dialects of Polish due to the similarities.
A few dialects are used only in specific cities, by far fewer people than the more major five dialects. These include Podhale, Poznanski, Eastern Borderlands, and Warsaw dialects, to name a few.
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