Basic Polish vocabulary with pronunciation and information about Poland
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Polish currency

Polish currency is called zloty (złoty in Polish). The word złoty means golden. The polish currency was created already 500 years ago. First zloty appeared in the 14th century. At this time all money used in Poland that was made of gold was called zloty. In 1496 official currency was introduced. 1 Polish zloty was equal to 30 groszy. At this time 1 zloty was only used in documents but the first coin appeared in 1564.


Now 1 zloty is subdivided into 100 groszy (The word grosz has two plural forms:. jeden grosz, dwa grosze, trzy grosze, cztery grosze, pięć groszy, sześć groszy, siedem groszy, osiem groszy, dziewięć groszy, dziesięć groszy).

In Poland the same currency was used from 1950 until 1990. In the 1950s there were such small money like 1 or 2 zl, but with time it changed into milions due to inflation. In 1990s it was not unusual to see a 2 000 000 zl bill or even 5 000 000 zl bill.

2 miliony zlotych


5 milionow zlotych


At that time the goverment decided it was too difficult to have such money. It was very easy to make a mistake. More zeros were coming and from thousands we finally got millions. How happy Polish people where when 1 January 1995 Polish zloty underwent redenomination and four zeros were cut. 10 000 zl became 1 zl.




New Polish currency is a bit similar to Euro. Polish coins are:


1 grosz1 grosz1-grosz-a


2 grosze2 groszy2 groszy


5 groszy5 groszy5 groszy


10 groszy10 groszy10 groszy


20 groszy20 groszy20 groszy


50 groszy50 groszy50 groszy


1 zloty1 zloty1 zloty


2 zloty2 zloty2 zloty


5 zloty5 zloty5 zloty












and Polish banknotes:


10 zloty10 zlotych10 zlotych


20 zloty20 zlotych20 zlotych


50 zloty50 zlotych50 zlotych


100 zloty100 zlotych100 zlotych


200 zloty200 zlotych200 zlotych