Shopping at a Polish grocery store Posted by Kasia on May 12, 2017 in Culture, Phrases
Visiting another country is so much fun! But sometimes it could get a little tricky if you don’t know the language. What if you have to do some grocery shopping? It seems easy, right…? In most cases you will probably be able to take whatever you need from the shelves yourself, but there are the special areas where you will be served – these include cold cuts and cheese stations, and, if available, the meat and fish stations.
I thought that phrases below may help you a little bit:)
could you tell me where the … is? – czy może mi pan/pani powiedzieć gdzie jest …?
milk – mleko
bread counter – stoisko z pieczywem
meat section – stoisko z mięsem
frozen food section – stoisko z mrożonkami
are you being served? – czy ktoś cię obsługuje?
I’d like … poproszę …
that piece of cheese – tamten kawałek sera
a slice of pizza – kawałek pizzy
six slices of ham – sześć plasterków szynki
some olives – trochę oliwek
how much would you like? – ile pan/pani sobie życzy?
half a kilo – pół kilo
Checkout – Kasy
12 items or less – do 12 artykułów
Cash only – Płatność tylko gotówką
Best before end – Najlepiej spożyć przed
Use by – Spożyj przed
could I have a bag, please? – czy mogę prosić o reklamówkę?
do you need any help packing? – czy potrzebujesz pomocy w pakowaniu?
do you have a loyalty card? – czy ma pan kartę stałego klienta?
You also have to remember that all weights are metric, with grams giving mostly way to decagrams, abbreviated in Polish to “deka” or “deko”. Be ready with the requisite knowledge of the system as you ask for a certain amount of your product, such as: “Poproszę 20 deko polskiej szynki” (20 decagrams of the Polish ham, please). A common way of expressing 250 grams in Polish is to use the expression of “ćwierć kilo”, which literally translates as “a quarter of a kilogram”. And so: “Proszę ćwierć kilo sera edamskiego” (A quarter of a kilogram of the Edam cheese, please). Notice that all weighed products have their unique names. The selection is huge, so make sure you give the right name to the assistant. Also, don’t forget that the prices shown for these products refer to 1 kilogram, so if you want to get a rough idea of the final price you will have to make the required calculations in your head beforehand, or simply look at the price label on the packaged product after it has been weighed.
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