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A good learning book for Polish


chrisscole 3 | 10  
19 Apr 2008 /  #31
yeah, you have to select that, then ring them up (or find a Polish friend to ring them) and they will charge your card something like 25zl for delivery. It comes pretty quick once.

Just tell them your name and say something like: Przepraszam, nie mowiem duzo po polsku...Nazywam sie [DazzaMc] i zarabilem hurra po polsku podręcznik studenta (i kwiczenia), ale mieszkam w anglii. lle płacze? Mam karte kreditową.

Sorry, I don't speak much polish. My name is DazzaMc and I ordered hurra po polsku student book (don't know what podrecznik means) (and workbook), but I live in England. How much should I pay? I have a credit card.

(don't know how to say postage and the grammar is probably not right
Feel free to correct my broken Polish. :) )
DazzaMc - | 3  
19 Apr 2008 /  #32
Oh. I ended up just ordering it.. I should imagine they will email me about it, realizing I live in the UK. Email is much less scary than ringing them up lol. If I have to I'll get one of my polish friends to ring up :s
chrisscole 3 | 10  
20 Apr 2008 /  #33
yeah, phoning them was quite scary for me to, but great for improving the Polish. Didn't understand half the lady was saying, but managed to give her the correct details, with a few questions and 'nie rozumiem' s. Good luck with it.
Bondi 4 | 142  
20 Apr 2008 /  #34
DazzaMc:
Sorry, I don't read the forum every day. Yeah, they e-mailed me a consent form that I sent them back with my details.

Well, I'm happy you were successful to order it.

He also said it isn't designed for self teaching, it's designed for use with a tutor?!? How are you finding it?

I go to a school once in every week and we use this book. I have some experience with language books, that's why I think "Hurra" is quite a good book to start off with, even for a self-study.
DazzaMc - | 3  
21 Apr 2008 /  #35
Well I ordered it from the eskien store but haven't heard anything from them, I thought they would be keen to contact me to ask for more money for postage!

I'd have ordered from hurra, but I was a bit dubious about putting my card details on a consent form!
patryk_sudol 6 | 23  
9 May 2008 /  #36
Are these good books for learning polish, has anybody ever used them, I am thinking about getting one or all of them:

Polish: An Essential Grammar (Routledge Grammar) by Dana Bielec

Basic Polish: A Grammar and Workbook (Routledge Grammars) by Dana Bielec )

Intermediate Polish: A Grammar and Workbook (Grammar Workbooks) by Dana Bielec

Which ones should I get. Should I get the two "A Grammar and Workbook" books or just the Essential Grammar one? Should I get all three? Which option will cover everything and will be cost efficient (I don't want to spend to much or get too many books.).
Cardno85 31 | 976  
21 Sep 2008 /  #37
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Polish Phrase Book

I am learning polish by asking how to say things and listening to conversations. However a few basic things would be handy to know. So is there any particular phrase books any of you folks would reccommend?
telefonitika  
21 Sep 2008 /  #38
there are several useful threads including this one that would help you out ....

polishforums.com/polish_lessons_units-41_10526_0.html

but phrasebook wise i have lonely planet ones which have the phonetics in ...
Vincent 9 | 893   Moderator
21 Sep 2008 /  #39
but phrasebook wise i have lonely planet ones which have the phonetics in ...

Very good book for starting off and the phonetics are very useful too.It was the first polish book that i bought, about 14 mths ago and still use it as a reference at present.
PanPiwo  
24 Sep 2008 /  #40
You can buy the Hurra books from Polonia Bookstore (wwwpoloniacom). They are out of Chicago. The level 1 books are: $56.00 (text) and $34.00 (workbook). I have not bought these yet but I'm thinking about it. I've invested lots of money over the years trying to learn this language but nothing would be better than a real live teacher. I'd gladly trade in all my books, tapes, CDs, and software for a teacher. Anyone know of any in eastern PA (Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton)?
granly - | 1  
2 Oct 2008 /  #41
Nice to see so many comments on books in here!

I have used "Polish i 4 weeks".

I find it very easy to follow. You get new grammar and vocabulary for each lesson.

I learn the most when I go to Poland with my Wife and spend time with her family and friends.

By the way, if you are good at remembering rimes, it can be very helpfull to learn some of the texts by Jan Brzechwa. The texts are funny, made for children, and all poles know them. You will learn a lot of words, and it is a good icebreaker to tell one or two when you are together with polish people. My favorites are:

Leń, dzik, kangur, Niedźwiedź and papuga
mmmmmmmm  
1 Dec 2009 /  #42
Try "First Year Polish" by Swan. It is good for self-study.
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
1 Dec 2009 /  #43
Michael Swan is a very good author. I used his book, English Grammar in Use, during my CELTA. He is clearly versatile.

Maybe the Polish chap got the wrong idea when sb told him, 'try swan' ;) ;)
SzwedwPolsce 11 | 1,595  
1 Dec 2009 /  #44
Colloquial Polish (B.W. Mazur) is the best I have seen.

You learn linguistic structures (grammar) and very useful vocabulary in a balanced way. Many books have difficulties with this balance.

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