Polish is a Slavic language which is primarily spoken in the country of Poland, which is the only country where Polish has official status. With about 60 million speakers Polish is actually the second most spoken Slavic language after Russian. Unlike Russian though, Polish doesn't use the Cyrillic alphabet and instead uses a modified form of the Latin alphabet, which excludes some letters and adds others. Despite the fact that modern day Poland was often under the influence of more powerful rulers who spoke different languages it is an achievement that Polish has survived as intact as it has. With the economic growth of Poland in the recent years you can expect the language to gain some more commercial influence in Europe and abroad.

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FSI Polish is a course offered by the Foreign Service Institute

Duolingo is a popular language learning platform and they offer Polish. Check out the review here.

Po polsku po Polsce is a language resource financed by the Polish Ministry of Foreign affairs but is associated with Jagiellonian University, which is the oldest university in Poland.

Real Polish has podcasts and other materials for learning Polish. Very professional website and service.

Course of Polish has over 20 video lessons on the Polish langauge.

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University of Michigan offers a BA in Polish

University of California - Berkeley offers a BA in Slavic Languages and Literature with Polish emphasis

University of Washington offers a BA in Eastern European Languages with Polish emphasis

University of Pittsburgh offers a BA in Slavic Studies - Polish emphasis

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