Containers, quantities and measurements in Polish Table of contents
- How to use containers/measurements in Polish
- Containers/Measurements vocab
- Kawałek - piece (or sometimes translates as slice)
- Plasterek - slice
- Kromka - slice (of bread)
- Kostka - Piece or pack
- Pudełko - Box
- Paczka - Packet
- Kubek - Cup (or mug)
- Filiżanka - Cup
- Puszka - Tin/can
- Butelka - Bottle
- Słoik - Jar
- Skrzynka - Crate
- Wazon - Vase
- Kieszeń - pocketful
- Trochę - Some
- Kropla - Drop of
- Pół - Half
- Litr - Liter
- Kilogram/Kilo - Kilogram
- Dekagramów - Dekagrams (10 gram)
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After using these containers/measurements (see table below), you use Genitive case! This is very important!
Kawałek is often translated to "piece". But really in some sentences we would say 'slice' in English. See the examples below:
Kawałek pizzy - a piece (slice) of pizza. Note: Pizza ([nominitive]) gets turned into pizzy because it is now in Genitive case. After all of these containers/measurements on this page, you should use Genitive case!
kawałek mięsa - a piece of meat
This is used for things like "a slice of cheese" etc.
Plasterek pomarańczowy - orange slice
Kromka is only really used for a slice of bread.
e.g. kromka chleba (a slice of bread)
Kostka is used for things like butter (a piece/packet of butter = kostka masła), or
a packet of sugar
For example, this is used for pudełko zapałek - a box of matches
paczka means a package or parcel.
This is used when you have a cup of something - like a cup of coffee in Polish is Kubek kawy, or a cup of cola
This is similar to a kubek, but is smaller (often used for tea).
For a can of beer - puszka piwa.
Bottle of water - Butelka wody
For things like a jar of jam - słoik dżemu
For a crate of apples - skrzynka jabłek
A very useful word, that is used extensively in the Polish language. Troche means 'some' or 'a little bit'.
Some beer - trochę piwa
For example - Drop of water - Kropla wody
See our page on numbers and fractions for more examples.
Litr = liter (litre).
Both of these words are used to refer to a kilogram.
1 dekagram (also known as 1 deka) = 10 grams. So 200 grams = 20 deka.