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Polish Language Thread
A little background story.

I first went to Poland for a couple of months in 2013, but sadly barely bothered to learn the language, because I was living with international flatmates and in Warsaw, I didn't really need to learn the language to survive.

Fast forward 2.5 years later, I returned to Poland this time for 4 months. Staying in Wroclaw. For the second part of my stay, I actively started learning Polish.

It's been close to 8 months that I've left Poland, but I've continued learning Polish non-stop since. I think I am at a point that I need an alternative idea of how I could improve more, without being physically in Poland.

Here are the resources I've used so far:

- Pimselur Polish Level 1 (Lessons 1-30)
http://www.pimsleur.com/learn-polish/pim...1442322707

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- DuoLingo Polish
I completed the course, and still do it daily when a subject needs reinforcements

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-NKO Flash Cards (Very good and underrated app)
Using "Polish Word Power", I've entered 1,000 Polish words into my database on NKO. The system is "spaced repetition" that helps you master the vocabulary over time. It uses basic flash card functions, in addition to other games to learn new vocabulary that you , yourself, enter. So nothing pre-designed, and you can categorize the words in different decks, usually no more than 14 words per deck. I'm not finished all 1,000 words yet, but it should be done in a few weeks.

- Polish in 4 Weeks Book
I bought the book in my last month in Poland and finished the first 4-5 lessons. However, I stopped and decided to start the book all over again, once I am done with 1,000 vocabularies....so I can specifically focus on grammar as this book mostly does. It has a nice engaging story that makes it very fun !

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**I am exposed to Polish language in real life pretty much daily thanks to quite a few Polish coworkers and the girl I'm seeing here**

I've noticed that my writing and reading of Polish is significantly better than my speaking and listening. I can understand and respond if the other person speaks very slowly, however it's not how it works in the real world. Next step is to understand spoken Polish and respond accordingly (At a fast speed) easier, and I'm curious if any one has any advise how I can go to get there.

I need to consume more Polish media. I know for Russian language, StarMedia puts out great entertaining movies on YouTube, does anyone have suggestions about Polish TV Shows/Movies available with subtitles (either PL or ENG subtitles).

Any other apps/books that would be helpful would be appreciated to.

Let's have this thread to discuss the Polish language as a whole.
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nice sheet.

how long did it take you to learn 1000 words and do these other things mentioned in your post?

how much time per day do you devote to this?

what industry are you in that you have Polish coworkers?

you can check out the Kosziuko Foundation here in the U.S. which sponsors Polish cultural events and might have resources that would interest you.
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(02-17-2017 12:42 PM)Hypno Wrote:  nice sheet.

how long did it take you to learn 1000 words and do these other things mentioned in your post?

how much time per day do you devote to this?

what industry are you in that you have Polish coworkers?

you can check out the Kosziuko Foundation here in the U.S. which sponsors Polish cultural events and might have resources that would interest you.

The words have taken me about 6 months. For the first 2 months I was using Anki, before discovering NKO (which makes organization and reviewing a lot more fun and easier), so I started using NKO from beginning of September. My pace has been slow, because I've been doing the same for Russian in parallel, however I am significantly better in memorizing Polish words than Russian ones. (The opposite when it comes to grammar).

I work in the tourism industry mostly focused on Europe, some great Polish co-workers (all Trump fans Big Grin ) , and devote 1 to 1:30 hours a day to the language, Mostly early morning and late at night.

I'll check the foundation out. cheers for that !
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Im probably similar in level to you since we started both around the same time. If you have completed the duolinguo course and actively practice the content you might as well start reading actual books (easy ones) and watching films strictly in polish, netflix has dub overs in polish for a pretty large selection of movies, just open the audio/subtitles settings when you open any given episode.

Like you, my biggest issue is recognition where when people speak to me, for the life of me I can't understand wtf they are saying, because most of the way I've learnt is via reading and duolinguo. In a real conversation it might take me 10-30 seconds just to recognize AND remember a word and put into context of their spoken sentence, and that is even with them speaking slowly, therefore actual conversation is almost impossible beyond the basics.

The Polish verb system has got to be the most dumbest language mechanic on earth, I blame most of my Polish issues on their verb system, I like how someone above asked how long it took you to learn 1000 words, I am pretty sure ONE verb has about 100 variations if you include past/present/future/conditional of both the imperfective and perfective variations of it. Also any given noun has around 10 declination's and any given adjective can have up to 25 variations. 1000 words is unfortunately not even basic polish.

So yeah, look forward to any other learning material others might have Big Grin
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RE: Polish Language Thread
This is very useful! I've been using Duolingo, Pimsleur, and Memrise.
Also, practicing with language partners online has been helpful.
I've met up with a few of them in person as well when I visited Poland Wink

I'll check out the other sources you mentioned.
Great post!
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I found the series Ranczo quite amusing to practice Polish.It also gives a perspective on the life in the Polish countryside.
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Check out this guy's channel:





The guy is from London and speaks great Polish (solid C1 level at least). Most of his videos are in Polish, and he talks very clearly and not too fast.

(02-17-2017 01:53 PM)NewMeta Wrote:  The Polish verb system has got to be the most dumbest language mechanic on earth, I blame most of my Polish issues on their verb system, I like how someone above asked how long it took you to learn 1000 words, I am pretty sure ONE verb has about 100 variations if you include past/present/future/conditional of both the imperfective and perfective variations of it. Also any given noun has around 10 declination's and any given adjective can have up to 25 variations. 1000 words is unfortunately not even basic polish.

The verb system in slavic languages is actually the "easy" part, if you consider that there's a lot more tenses in romance languages for example, but yeah the whole grammar is a bitch to learn.

One of the tough things about Polish when compared to Russian for example, is that there's more pronouns and that formal speech is more complex (by formal, I mean the way you would politely talk to a stranger or an older person). In russian you just use the вы form of a verb, whereas in polish you have "pan" (male), "pani" (female) "panowie" (male plural), "panie" (female plural) and "panstwo" (plural, mixed group of men and women). In addition, there's a lot of verbs that take the genitive for no apparent reason (where you would expect the accusative) and there's a lot of verbs where depending on what preposition you use (and each preposition must be followed by a particular case) it completely changes it's meaning. Also, russian has a lot more borrowed words from english or french, whereas the vocab in polish tends to be more slavic.

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