Cześć! (Or, “hello!” in Polish). This week, we will be diving into Polish Idioms as part of our ‘Idioms (aka Speakwords) Around the World’ series. Specifically, animal-related idioms – because who doesn’t love animals? If you’re a newcomer and are wondering, “What in the world are these ‘Speakwords’ you keep talking about?”, then you should visit the very first article in the series to be enlightened on the meaning and reasoning behind all this fun.
Poland is the ninth largest country in the EU, with a population of 38 million in-country and 60 million altogether around the world – that’s a huge diaspora of Polish people living abroad! Like most European countries, Polish is based off of the Roman alphabet. However, they added nine letters of their own – ą, ć, ę, ł, ń ó, ś, ż, ż – making their alphabet 32 letters long in total. You’ll get to know these a little better in the Polish idioms we have for you below!
Cats vs. Dogs
You know that feeling when you meet a person, and they haven’t done anything in particular to harm, offend, or frustrate you, but you still can’t get along with them? That, my friends, is what we call a “soul clash” – a feeling many cats and dogs must experience on the daily. Admittedly, their “soul clash” might have something to do with an ingrained predatory instinct, but for the purposes of this Polish idiom, we’ll stick with “soul clash”.
Cats in Bags
If you thoroughly enjoyed learning about these Polish idioms, check out a few of the other articles we’ve worked on. Looking to impress someone in Dutch, French, Korean, or Indonesian? We’ve got you covered.