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^ Polish ^

Most Poles while introducing themselves would simply shake their hands and pronounce their names. There are two types of questions, though, that as a foreigner you need to know to be able to react properly if a curious Pole wants to know your name.

  • imię /eemye/ – first name
  • nazwisko /nazveesko/ – last name

1. Jak się nazywasz? /yak she nazivash/ – "what's your name"; usually implies both first & last name although is used colloquially to ask about the last name

  • nazywać się (infinitive) – to be called


                    singular                            plural
               1.(ja)nazywam się                  1.(my)nazywamy się
               2.(ty)nazywasz się                 2.(wy)nazywacie się
               3.(on/ona/ono)nazywa się           3.(oni/one)nazywają się


  " - jak się nazywasz?"
  " - nazywam się ..." "
  " - miło mi /meewo mi/" (nice to meet you)

In a formal setting the question will be:

  " - Jak się Pan/Pani nazywa?" - What is your name Sir/Madam?

2. a.Jak masz na imię? /yak mash na eemye?/ – literally "what have you got as a name?"- asks specifically about the first name

b.Jak Ci na imię? /yak chy na eemye/ – literally "what your name?"-paradoxally, sounds even more eloquent than the other two types above, even though there is no verb...

  • mieć (infinitive) /myech'/ – to have

conjugation :

                     singular                            plural
               1.(ja)mam                          1.(my)mamy 
               2.(ty)masz /mash/                  2.(wy)macie /mache/
               3.(on/ona/ono)ma                   3.(oni/one)mają /majõ/                    


  " - Jak Ci na imię?"
  " - Mam na imię Kasia."
  " - A jak on ma na imię? (And what is his name?) 
  " - Aleksander.

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