The Polish Language
A difficult language to master, Polish is spoken by 39 million people worldwide. The majority of its speakers, 36 million, reside in Poland, where it is the official language. As a spoken language, much of the Polish vocabulary finds its roots in Common Slavic, a branch of the same language group as Czech and Russian. Polish also contains influences from French, German, Belarusian, and Ukrainian.
Due to Roman Catholic influence in Poland, in written form, the Polish alphabet, which uses 32 letters, utilizes the Latin alphabet and diacritic marks. Beyond Poland, its language has spread to Hungary, Finland, Germany, Austria, Canada, and the United States.