Learn the names of the months in Polish and practice them with interactive games which I’ve prepared for you.
Months in Polish don’t have much to do with their Latin names but they make sense if you look closely enough.
styczeń – January
Stykać means to link, to connect. Styczeń connects the Old Year and the New Year!
luty – February
Long time ago this word meant something very cold and of course luty is one of the coldests months in Poland.
marzec – March
Nothing original here. We also have it from Roman’s god – Mars
kwiecień – April
Do you know the word “kwiat” – “a flower”. Flowers blossom in kwiecień. It’s such a nice name!
maj – May
As in the case of marzec we share the name of this month with many other languages.
czerwiec – June
If you know the word czerwony you can easily make a connotation. In June the temperature rises and what is the colour of heat? Czerwony! But the truth is both Czerwiec and czerwony come from a small worm czerw which our ancestor used to pick up and dry in the sun to make red pigment.
lipiec – July
It’s me! It’s me! Lipiec is my last name and it comes from a linden tree – lipa. Lipa blossoms in July.
sierpień – August
Do you know sierp – sickle, the old farming tool which you can see in the emblem of USSR? Sierpień is a very hot month when grain ripens and farmers could take their sierpy and cut it. Thankfully they don’t have to do it anymore but the name of the month is not that hard to memorize,
wrzesień – September
Wrzos is heather. I’m not sure if wrzos really blossoms in wrzesień because the climate change is playing with our months names but for sure it used to 🙂
październik – October
Another month related to farming. The cicle of nature was very important for farmers so the names of the months were obcious consequences of it. Paździerze were dry stems of linen which were swingled in październik.
listopad – November
I don’t have to explain much to those who know words liść – leaf and padać – to fall. Leaves fall in listopad… Nah. Actually listopad is just disgusting in Poland. It pours, the sun is always hidden behind clouds and people are gloomy. I hate listopad.
grudzień – December
Gruda is a lump of soil. When winter is in its peak the soil is frozen and if you take a lump of it you can probably kill someone with it. As you can assume, I am not a fan of grudzień too 🙂
And now time for exercises!
Drag and drop the months into correct season
Match Polish names of the months with their English translation
Put the months in an order
And something more advanced – Polish holidays! Click on the blank and choose the correct month!