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. It comes from the old times when money was made from real gold. 1 zl is subdivided into 100 grosz (PL. jeden grosz, dwa grosze).

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